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Wilkinson named AFR intern

Whitney Wilkinson, Cement, Okla., has begun a summer internship program at American Farmers & Ranchers in Oklahoma City.

Wilkinson’s duties will focus on working with AFR’s youth program, specifically leadership summit, and other programs such as the LEAD program.

“I’ve participated in AFR youth programs since my sophomore year in high school,” Wilkinson said, “and I have seen how the programs really help rural youth gain valuable life skills.”

Wilkinson is a senior majoring in animal science and agribusiness at Oklahoma State University.  She is involved in the National Panhellenic Conference, representing Delta Delta Delta sorority, Block and Bridle Club, and Alpha Zeta professional fraternity for agriculture.

“I really enjoy working with people and being involved in agriculture,” Wilkinson said.  

The southwest Oklahoma native said her goal is to earn a Master’s degree in agricultural communications and start a career in animal agriculture advocacy.

“I have a strong passion for working in agriculture and serving others,” she said.  “I want to help consumers understand more about agriculture.”

Wilkinson comes by her agricultural passion naturally.  Her father, Ricky Wilkinson, is the agricultural education instructor at Cement High School, and the family has a small livestock business in rural Caddo County.

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