Jessica Stoner, ’20, shares her story with agriculture education organization

MURRAY, Ky. — Murray State University alumna Jessica Stoner, ’20, of Henderson, Kentucky, was recently profiled by Agriculture Future of America (AFA), an organization devoted to developing future leaders in the industry.

Stoner is a graduate of the University’s agronomy program within the Hutson School of Agriculture. She spoke with AFA about her time at Murray State and her involvement in University and AFA programs.

Murray State University graduate Jessica Stoner, ’20, of Henderson, Kentucky, was recently profiled by Agriculture Future of America (AFA), an organization devoted to developing future leaders in the industry.
Murray State University graduate Jessica Stoner, ’20, of Henderson, Kentucky, was recently profiled by Agriculture Future of America (AFA), an organization devoted to developing future leaders in the industry.

While attending Murray State, Stoner served as a senator for the Student Government Association and as an agriculture ambassador for the Agronomy Club. She also participated in several AFA networking events, including the organization’s Crop Science and Technology Institutes and the AFA Food Institute. In spring 2020, she received the University’s Agricultural Leadership Award.

“I think Murray State sets themselves apart in many ways,” Stoner said. “In any of the other universities I toured, I did not feel nearly as important or cared about. Murray State makes students feel that they are more than just a number and as a student, our opinions really do matter. The staff at Murray State is like no other. Even outside of my department, I always felt cared about and never felt intimidated to ask for help.”

Stoner is now working for the AgriGold brand of AgReliant Genetics, a company she first connected with at a Murray State career fair.

The full feature can be found at bit.ly/MSUAFAFeature.

“This piece was something very important to me as both Murray State University agriculture and AFA have no doubt shaped me into the young professional that I am today,” Stoner said. “I am very excited to be featured in a high-profile publication and hope that my story will encourage others students at Murray State, and even other places, to get involved with organizations early.”

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