Maggie Edwards was welcomed as an intern for the Alabama Farmers Federation in Montgomery May 17 where she will work in the organization’s public relations Broadcast Division.
Edwards is a native of Randolph County and a senior at Mississippi State University where she is pursuing a degree in Agricultural Education, Leadership, and Communications with a minor in print and digital journalism. In addition to assisting with the production of the Federation’s Simply Southern TV program, she will work on projects that include Alabama Ag in the Classroom Summer Institute and the Farm and Land Expo.
“As a former Alabama FFA state officer, I worked closely with the Federation and quickly learned how big of an impact Alfa has in the agricultural industry,” Edwards said. “My grandfather, H.G. Miles, was a county Federation board member for years, and I believe that is where my love and passion for agriculture and Alfa began. I am excited about my summer internship.”
Federation Broadcast Director Kevin Worthington said Edwards will be a great addition to the staff and is hopeful her experience this summer will help prepare her for a career in agricultural communications.
“Maggie’s excitement and passion for agriculture will serve her well in the communications field,” Worthington said. “This summer she will learn the techniques and the technology we use to help tell farmers’ stories. Additionally, her work on Simply Southern will help her understand what it takes to produce a weekly TV show.”
Edwards grew up on her family’s poultry farm in Woodland and was active in the Woodland FFA Chapter. She served as a Central District FFA officer and State FFA vice president. She said her time as a state officer inspired her to choose a degree in agricultural communications.
“I believe agriculture is the most important part of our lives and people deserve to see the truth and the beauty of the industry,” Edwards said.
At Mississippi State, she is involved with the Sigma Alpha Professional Agricultural Sorority, Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, Collegiate FFA and the College of Agriculture Ambassador team.
Edwards, 21, is the daughter of Greg and Sandee Edwards and is a 2018 graduate of Woodland High School.