Farm Foundation Awards

Farm Foundation Emerging Leader Award

Recognizing an emerging young leader who is on the trajectory to make transformational change within the agriculture and food industries.

The Farm Foundation Emerging Leader Award 2024 Recipient

Dr. Yangxuan Liu, Associate Professor, University of Georgia


Dr. Yangxuan Liu focuses on economic issues related to cotton production and specializes in agricultural finance and agribusiness management. Her research focuses on economic and risk assessment of existing agricultural systems as well as emerging technologies and practices to improve long-term sustainability and profitability of agricultural production. Dr. Liu’s extension programs address current and emerging state and national issues related primarily to cotton marketing, production economics, farm management, and agricultural policy.

Liu’s previous experience includes performing research for the Rural Education Action Project (REAP) in China, organizing the 3rd Annual Global Forum of Leaders for Agricultural Science and Technology in China, participating as a Cultivator at the 2015 Farm Foundation Round Table, serving as a Next Generation Delegate at the 2016 Chicago Council on Global Affairs Global Food Security Symposium, and contributing to a panel discussion of the Precision Agriculture & Big Data at the 2015 Borlaug Dialogue and World Food Prize.

With these experiences serving as a foundation, Liu looks forward to collaborating with researchers, specialists, extension agents, and stakeholders in building an outstanding Research and Extension educational program at the University of Georgia. Ultimately, Liu hopes to apply her interdisciplinary knowledge to Georgia and global cotton production to improve the agricultural productivity for the world’s growing population.

Nominated by: Greg Colson, UGA

As we look to the next generation to carry forward the most meaningful work, this award recognizes a person under 40 who is on the trajectory to make transformational change within the agriculture and food industries.

Emerging Leader Award Criteria
  • An emerging leader within their career, 40 years of age or younger
  • Identifiable early career achievements in improving the agriculture and food industries
  • Exhibits leadership examples by being involved in organizations across the food and agriculture sector
  • Shows initiative and promise in playing an active role in leading change within the food and agriculture sector
  • Actively participates in events and opportunities to educate consumers and broad audiences on the importance of the food and agriculture sector
  • Embodies the mission and vision of Farm Foundation through their work and contributions
Emerging Leader Award Nomination Materials
  • Nominee resume/CV
  • At least one letter of support from a current supervisor or colleague

Please upload materials in the nomination portal by no later than October 20, 2023.

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Past Recipients

2023: Emily Metz, President and CEO, American Egg Board