Next Generation

Young Agri-Food Leaders Network

This program seeks to actively engage emerging leaders in food and agribusiness from ages 25 to 40 years old.

Congratulations to the 2020-2021 Young Agri-Food Leaders Cohort!

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Erin FitzPatrick Nazetta
Research Analyst
Broadview Group

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Emily Hennessee
Policy Coordinator
The Good Food Institute

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Tristan Hudak
Vice President
Ag BioTech, Inc.

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Nicole Ledoux
AgVision International

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Sylvester Miller II
Sr. Supply Chain Program Manager

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Fabiola Perez
High Value Crop Specialist
John Deere

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Andrew Uden
AgVision International

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Stephanie Westhelle
Sr. Strategist, Confectionary Partnerships
Fairtrade America

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Emily Zakowski
Environmental Scientist
California Dept. of Food and Ag

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Michael Zorger
Sr. Associate
The Cohen Group

About the Program

This program seeks to actively engage emerging leaders in food and agribusiness, from ages 25-40 years old, in a yearlong series of interactive learning and networking experiences, focused on gaining a deeper understanding of the food and agriculture value chain. The program also hopes to help young professionals build a strong, enduring network of peers in business, farming and government. Up to 10 participants are sponsored to attend events, engage in virtual conversations, and participate in exclusive learning and networking opportunities. Each participant is also connected with a senior agri-food mentor to aid in career growth and development. Young Agri-Food Leaders participate in a variety of Farm Foundation programming, including the chance to attend at least one Farm Foundation Round Table meeting and join other events such as Farm Foundation Forums.