Ashley Carter, a senior in the Texas A&M University Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, is one of 11 Aggie students spending the fall semester in Washington D.C. as part of the Agricultural & Natural Resources Policy (ANRP) Internship Program.
Carter is pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Plant and Environmental Soil Science – Crops Emphasis, with a minor in Agricultural Economics. She expects to graduate in May 2020, after which she plans to pursue a career in international trade analysis and policy making.
She is spending the semester in the office of Congressman Filemón Vela, who has represented Texas’ 34th congressional district since 2013. That district stretches from the southernmost tip of Texas in Cameron County to Gonzales County, and includes Brownsville and the King Ranch.
Carter came to Texas A&M from Brasilia, Brazil, following in her father’s footsteps.
She grew up in an rural community in Brazil, and found her passion for agriculture when her family began farming, and also when she began barrel racing, according to her ANRP profile.
At Texas A&M, Carter is a member of the Agronomy Society and serves as the group’s treasurer.
In her ANRP profile she expresses a desire to help aid in the beneficial relationship between large companies and the government to help them work together to further agriculture.