LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture and NASDA Foundation welcomes NASDA’s Next Generation (NNG) Class of 2021 to the hybrid NASDA Annual Meeting. There are 15 students from eight universities represented in this year’s class.
“NASDA is proud to welcome these exceptional young leaders to this year’s annual meeting where our theme is ‘Redefining Agriculture.’ Their fresh perspective and exuberance are needed to redefine agriculture and our food system as our industry grows to meet the needs of new generations and a changing world,” NASDA CEO Dr. Barb Glenn said.
The purpose of NNG is to advance future leaders’ understanding of agriculture policy and the role of state departments of agriculture in ensuring a healthy and thriving food system for all. Through the NNG programming, students learn about current food and agricultural policy issues, NASDA’s mission and careers in public service. The NNG class of 2021 will also have the opportunity to network with commissioners, secretaries and directors of agriculture, industry leaders, and stakeholders who could lead to possible internships and job opportunities. During the meeting events, students will also be able to explore Kentucky’s community-based agriculture.
The following students were selected:
Jakob Baker, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Maria Brockamp, University of Illinois
Mallary Caudill, The Ohio State University
Madeline Dunn, University of Kentucky
Maya Fuller, University of Kentucky
Dylan Gentry, University of Kentucky
Grace Hasler, Purdue University
Jacob Knaebel, University of Missouri
Amysha Langley, University of Illinois
Seth Mitchell, University of Illinois
Noelle Neef, University of Illinois
Haley Nelson, University of Kentucky
Robert Thomas, Prairie View A&M University
Justin Walker, Tennessee State University
Emmanuel Wallace, Tennessee State University
Since NASDA’s Next Generation inaugural debut in 2015 students from all over the country have participated in NNG and gained a better understanding of agriculture and agriculture policy. This year the hybrid 2021 NASDA Annual Meeting is being held Sept. 19-22 in Louisville, Kentucky. To inquire more information or become a sponsor of NNG, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.