CFAES Students to Serve on the Agriculture Future of America Student Advisory Team

Monica Pennewitt

CFAES Seniors Micah Mensing and Monica Pennewitt are motivated and determined to make a positive impact on the world.

From Martin and Wilmington, Ohio, respectively, the two students were recently selected as Agriculture Future of America Student Advisory Team members.

Pennewitt, in the top picture, majors in plant pathology and Mensing is studying agricultural education.

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. Pennewitt, Mensing, and their fellow team members serve as ambassadors between AFA and their college campuses and AFA’s corporate partners.Micah Mensing

“I have learned so many career skills and gained so many experiences through AFA. There are many things that a classroom cannot teach you. I feel AFA helps to build up leaders and provide great networking opportunities for students and professionals across America,” Pennewitt said.

Pennewitt, Mensing, and the other eight team members were selected through a competitive application process to serve as AFA’s student voice and represent their peers on a national level.

“I value my relationship with AFA because it has allowed me to develop relationships with people from all parts of the agriculture industry,” Mensing, pictured at right, said. “AFA has also allowed me to travel beyond the borders of Ohio, allowing me to gain national perspective of the agriculture industry.” 

A major component of the Student Advisory Team’s responsibilities is the planning and delivery of the 2018 AFA Leaders Conference. Held Nov. 1-5 in Kansas City, Missouri, this event is AFA’s core leader development program and over 800 delegates from across the nation will be selected to attend.

About AFA

AFA builds bridges for young leaders to foster engagement and innovation in food and agriculture. With program participation increasing 52 percent in the last five years, AFA leader development programs have impacted 17,000 college leaders and young professionals from more than 200 colleges and universities throughout 43 states since its inception in 1996. AFA has awarded more than $9 million in academic and leader development scholarships. For more information about AFA, visit or contact Megan Karlin at