On National Ag Day, AgGrad announced winners of the first-ever AgGrad 30 Under 30 Awards, a program created to celebrate the young professionals shaping the future of agriculture. Fourteen judges selected winners from peer and self-nominations based on contributions in their career, community, and the industry at large. Winners will be featured on AgGrad’s social media channels and in a special print and online publication.

Caleb Wright of Harrisburg and a native of Alexandria is one of such recognized. Caleb works as the chief operating officer of Versant Strategies, Pennsylvania’s leading public affairs firm specializing in agriculture, rural affairs, education and environmental issues. Along with managing day-to-day operations of the firm, Caleb actively lobbies on behalf of Versant’s clients. He also oversees the organizational management arm of the company.

Recipients of this award find the recognition both personally and professionally rewarding. AgGrad 30 Under 30 is bringing together the brightest minds and future leaders of agriculture together to collaborate and advance the industry as a whole. “The list of those recognized this year is an incredible slate of individuals and I’m truly honored and humbled to be part of it,” stated Wright. “My thanks to the many folks who helped and encouraged me along my career path, including the individuals and clients of Versant Strategies, my many mentors, friends and family. This list serves as a great reminder that agriculture is full of bright minds helping to address the challenges the industry faces and I’m excited to join them.”

“As the agriculture industry transforms, the need for talent is accelerating,” says Janette Barnard, vice president of sales and marketing at DecisionNext. “Innovative leaders who challenge the status quo, think long term and build people are what this industry needs. It’s exciting to recognize the young people who embody these qualities with AgGrad 30 Under 30.”

“We are very excited to recognize our first class of AgGrad 30 Under 30 winners,” says Tim Hammerich, founder of AgGrad. “These 30 individuals are at the forefront of agriculture and will one day be the leaders in agribusiness, innovation and technology, education and advocacy, entrepreneurship and production.”

AgGrad was established in 2015 with the mission of “helping young professionals find their place in modern agriculture.” The company accomplishes this mission by providing blog posts, career profiles, “AgGrad Live” (a Facebook Live show), daily snapchat stories, and a weekly podcast called the “Future of Agriculture.” All is provided at zero cost to students and young professionals and supported by participating agribusinesses.

For more information about AgGrad 30 Under 30, please visit the website: 30under30.ag.

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