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Ben Conner selected as campus ambassador for UK

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 Ben Conner, Hodgenville, has been selected to serve Agriculture Future of America as a campus ambassador. Conner, who attends the University of Kentucky, was selected to this leadership position through a competitive application and interview process. Only 17 students were selected.

The sophomore is studying agriculture education.

From leadership positions to internships, Conner pursues experiences that set him apart from his peers and prepare him to pursue his dream of being a voice for agriculture.

AFA is a leader and professional development organization for collegiate leaders and young professionals. Providing leader development, intern support and scholarships, AFA seeks to be a catalyst in the preparation of a new generation of agriculture leaders.

Conner and his fellow team members serve as liaisons between AFA and their college campuses and AFA’s corporate partners.

“I have already seen how this organization has helped me activate my previous leadership experiences,” he said. “AFA is truly passionate about collegiate agriculture leaders and that excites me.”

Conner said he is looking forward to his experiences with the team.

“The University of Kentucky is fairly new to the AFA family,” he said. “I am excited to share my story with my fellow peers and help guide them to utilize AFA in any and every way possible.”

In addition to serving as a liaison between AFA and their respective campuses, the Ambassadors will assist the Student Advisory Team in delivering the 2014 AFA Leaders Conference. Held Nov. 6-9 in Kansas City, Missouri, this event is AFA’s core leader development program and 600 delegates from across the nation will be selected to attend. The Ambassadors and nine Student Advisory Team members met April 10-12 to kick off the planning process with team training and theme setting exercises.

“AFA Leaders Conference is unique in the fact it focuses on developing the soft skills of our emerging agriculture leaders,” Conner said. “Conference has the ability to make students stand out when entering the professional world.”

Conner’s entrance into the AFA leader development program began last fall when he was selected as an AFA Leaders Conference delegate.