For this Member Spotlight, we're highlighting Chase Sullivan, AFM. Chase is a member of the Indiana Chapter of the ASFMRA and currently works for Farmers National Company. We want to congratulate Chase for recently completing his Farm Manager accreditation alongside a number of his colleagues at Farmers National Company.
When did you begin your career in agriculture? Why?
I began my career in agriculture in 2013 upon graduating with a management degree from Purdue University. I grew up on a swine and grain farm in East Central Indiana, so my passion for the industry started at a very young age. I knew I wanted to stay involved throughout my lifetime as well. What ag issues are you most passionate about or interested in? Why?
I am most interested in agricultural policies from the government level. I was able to attend the Agricultural Leadership Institute in 2019, and I felt that was an incredible experience. I continue finding myself reading more and more into agricultural policies and how they came about. How does it feel to have earned your AFM certification? What was the most useful or interesting thing you learned while obtaining your AFM?
It is a great honor, and a sense of relief, to receive the AFM accreditation. It has required many hours of hard work and dedication, which has provided an even more valuable experience. The most rewarding part of receiving the certification is the network that we were able to build with professionals from across the country. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about different crops grown in a variety of climates. Describe an ag-related professional experience that was especially fulfilling.
I am fortunate enough to work with a family that lives in all corners of the United States. [The family's] father had passed away, and they wanted to have a memorial on the farm. It was such a rewarding experience to welcome them back to the farm to hear stories about growing up in the area, and the passion their father had for this particular land. It provides me even more reason to make sure the land is cared for as if their father was still living there.