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UT Martin Student Selected for AFA Ambassador Team

MARTIN, Tenn. – University of Tennessee at Martin student Sarah Tyler, a sophomore

agriculture business student from McEwen, was selected to serve as a part of the 2023-2024 Agriculture Future of America Campus Ambassador team after being nominated by Dr. Ross Pruitt, UT Martin professor of agriculture, geoscience and natural resources. Thirty-two ambassadors are chosen from across the country to increase awareness of AFA programs at their specific universities.

Sarah Tyler (Photo/University Relations)

As ambassadors, students will set goals and work to create strategies to accomplish those goals. To be eligible for an ambassador role, students must be an undergraduate student majoring in agriculture, food or natural resources, have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, be 17-25 years old and have attended at least one track of the AFA Leaders Conference.

As a member of the ambassador team, Tyler will have the opportunity to have exclusive exposure to AFA partners and industry leaders through virtual and in-person meetings and events. Additionally, she will receive an academic scholarship, registration and travel expenses paid to the 2023 AFA Leaders Conference and a LinkedIn badge.

Tyler was first exposed to AFA in her Introductory Agriculture Business class with Pruitt, where he encouraged her to apply for the 2021 conference and see where it took her. After the conference ended, she knew she wanted to apply to be an ambassador.

“Because of my positive experiences with the AFA Leaders Conference, I knew I wanted to advocate for this wonderful organization to my college peers and make them aware of the opportunities available,” said Tyler. “I strive to set goals that will increase the awareness of AFA programs, such as the six institutes throughout the year and the annual leaders conference.”

For more information about the AFA Leaders Teams, go to

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