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Student Spotlight: Zachary Ilbery

Zachary Ilbery Agricultural Education Senior | National Leadership Specialist, Intertribal Agricultural Council

Zachary Ilbery, Agricultural Education Senior, National Leadership Specialist, Intertribal Agricultural Council

STILLWATER, Okla. – Zachary Ilbery, 21, an agricultural education senior from Checotah, Okla., is the National Leadership Development Specialist for the Intertribal Agricultural Council.

Zachary is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. Zachary has been involved with the council since he was 14 years old, he said. Prior to his current position, Zachary held an internship with the council. He currently serves as a member of the youth board of directors and executive board of directors for the organization, he added.

The Intertribal Agricultural Council is a non-profit organization that promotes change in American Indian agriculture for the benefit of the American Indian people, according to the Intertribal Agricultural Council website. Ilbery is able to work remotely while attending Oklahoma State University pursuing a degree in agricultural education, he said.

“I do have to put in a lot of late nights and early mornings. It’s a lot of time management, but it’s worth it,” Ilbery said.

Zachary enjoys connecting with his American Indian heritage, he said. He wishes to continue working with the Intertribal Agricultural Council after graduation and hopes his work will continue to help educate youth about agriculture, he added.

“I get to meet so many youth from across the nation, and I have an impact on their everyday life,” Ilbery said. “It’s amazing to see that impact and what they are doing within their communities.”

The Intertribal Agricultural Council was founded in 1987, according to the Intertribal Agricultural Council website. The intent of the council is to pursue and promote the conservation, development, and use of agricultural resources for the betterment of the American Indian people, according to the Intertribal Agricultural Council website.