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Madison Lynn Makes Her Mark at ABAC

August 30, 2017

When it came time for Madison Lynn to choose a college, her decision was an easy one.  The daughter of Shawn and Heather Lynn of Vidalia has known where she wanted to pursue her degree in higher education since middle school. Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College was the only name on her list.

“ABAC had always been in my plans,” said Lynn.  “My grandfather brought ABAC to my attention in seventh grade.  He knew that if I wanted a career in agriculture, ABAC was the place to be.  It was the only school that I applied to.”

The senior agriculture major has made a significant impact in her field of study during her time at ABAC.  But she admits that figuring out just what area of agriculture she wants to pursue took some time.

“I discovered that I want to go into the research side of things, especially dealing with plants,” said Lynn.  “I would particularly like to focus on crop and soil sciences.”

Lynn has taken advantage of every opportunity in her major area that has come her way.  At ABAC, she is a member of the Agronomy Club and an ABAC Young Farmer.  She is also an agriculture mentor and has served on the Agri-Life Council and the Ag Alumni Council as a student representative. Lynn is also involved with Baptist Collegiate Ministries and was a member of the prestigious ABAC Ambassadors from 2014-2016, serving one year as president.

In the summer of 2016, Lynn gained even more valuable experience in the field of agriculture when she did a 12-week internship with Monsanto.  She spent her time in the Midwest learning about the sales side of agriculture.

“It was my first grown-up experience,” said Lynn.  “I was in Mississippi on a research farm doing the farm applications.  Farmers from around the Southeast would come to tour the farm because it housed all the most recent samples of crops.  Bill Gates even sent his lead agronomist to the farm for a tour.  I learned a lot about myself in those three months.”

This summer, Lynn interned with Bayer in Sycamore.  She worked on an early development research farm.

“I learned the fundamentals of agriculture and farming,” said Lynn.  “It was great but very hot and hard work.  I worked with pesticides to see how they react with a variety of plants and how long the chemicals will last in the soil.”

Lynn’s next stop on her internship road is Washington D.C. to study the policy side of agriculture.  She has secured a position as an ag policy intern in Senator David Perdue’s office.  Lynn received the internship through Staple Cotton out of Mississippi.

“I will basically live on Capitol Hill through December,” said Lynn.  “I hope to not only gain experience through Senator Perdue’s office, but also have the opportunity to talk with Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue about the policy side of agriculture.”

A former Ms. ABAC winner, one of the highlights of the summer for Lynn was being selected as the Ms. Georgia Forestry Queen.

“I had been involved in pageants when I was younger but then I stopped for a while,” said Lynn.  “When they raised the amount of the scholarship money I decided to enter again.”

Lynn’s platform for the competition was “Redefining Agriculture: Let’s Get REAL.”

“REAL stands for Research, Education, Awareness and Leadership,” explained Lynn.  “There is a large language barrier between the American farmer and the average consumer.  I feel it is critical that the consumer be educated on just how important the American farmer and agriculture are as a whole to Georgia and the world’s economy.”

Lynn was also the top collegiate finisher in the Georgia Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer Discussion Meet in July.  Her success in the event qualified her for the American Farm Bureau Discussion Meet that will be held in Reno, Nev., in February of 2018.

“That is the first time I will be competing on the national level,” said Lynn.  “There are five discussion topics, and we have to answer two questions from those topics.  We have one hour to prepare, and then there is a roundtable discussion within our group.  The process is repeated until they have narrowed the competitors down to 16 people when a new question is asked.  They narrow the participants down to four people and select a winner from there.”

After she receives her ABAC diploma, Lynn hopes to attend graduate school at Texas A&M University, where she would like to major in either food science or weed science.  With a master’s degree in hand, her goal is to work for a company such as Bayer while serving as an active member of her community.

“In the future, I would love to have my own business,” said Lynn.  “I am especially interested in growing transplants for farmers and having my own greenhouse.”
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