Kyle Gustafson is a 2005 graduate of Madelia High School and the 2005 recipient of the AFA scholarship, which is a $3,200 scholarship given to a student who is looking to pursue a four year degree in agriculture.
He was asked to speak at the eleventh annual AgriBusiness Banquet on Monday, April 1, 2013 at the American Legion in St. James.
Gustafson was the third recipient of the scholarship, but is the first to come back to speak to donors about his experience after graduating and working with Agriculture Future of America (AFA) businesses.
Agriculture is a business in which technology and science play a pivotal role. The AFA works with students to offer opportunities and financial assistance during their bachelor level studies.
Gustafson attended college at South Dakota State University. He graduated with a bachelor of science in agronomy in 2009 before he began work at the Helena Chemical Company in Marshall, Minn. as a sales representative. He is currently pursuing his master of science degree in plant science and statistics at SDSU.
He spoke at the banquet about AFA’s mission, which is to “create partnerships that identify, encourage and support outstanding college men and women preparing for careers in the agriculture and food industry.”
The AFA was founded in 1996 by R. Crosby Kemper in Kansas City, Mo. The AFA supports local community scholarships around the country, including the St. James Area Chamber of Commerce scholarship, which offers a $3,200 scholarship to any graduating senior looking to pursue a four year degree in the agriculture field.
The AFA hosts leadership conferences and training in Kansas City. This last year there were more than 500 attendees from 200 colleges and 43 states learning about the impact of agriculture and technology in the world today. Students study the challenges of agriculture and the advances in technology that are required to meet those challenges and feed the world.
The St. James Area Chamber of Commerce 2013 AgriBusiness Scholarship will be announced later this year for a 2013 graduate in the St. James area.