Teen hopes to take ag experience to Ivy League and across the globe

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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — A teenager in Augusta County, Virginia is being recognized for her outstanding work in agriculture, and she's hoping to take her love of the work across the world.

Isabelle Leonard works hard on "Colebelle Farm," owned by her family, but also has earned several scholarships from the national 4-H dairy conference, the Lions Club and, most recently, the Maryland and Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative.

She graduated in 2016 from Riverheads High School and took a gap year to become a state officer for the Future Farmers of America (FFA), in which she served as an ambassador for the organization to middle and high schools

In the fall, she's headed to ivy league Cornell University to study international agriculture and rural development.

"I'm interested in international trade in developing countries, how we in the U.S. can help feed the growing population," said Leonard. "It's supposed to be 9 billion by the year 2050, and it's going to take farmers from across the world to feed that entire population."

Leonard says the science aspect of agriculture is truly what sparked her interest, and she already started exploring the world as well, taking trips to Europe and southeast Asia. She will be heading to Cuba next week to do some volunteering.

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