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Context’s Pratt Lauded in AgGrad’s Inaugural “30 Under 30”

Spring 2019

The Context Network’s Seth Pratt has been recognized by AgGrad’s first-ever 30 Under 30 award, a program created to celebrate the young professionals shaping the future of agriculture.

Pratt, a senior business analyst, was nominated by his Context colleague Jason Troendle and by Nathan Laudan, membership growth consultant for Alpha Gamma Rho (AGR), a social and professional fraternity with a longstanding commitment to the agricultural community.

Troendle observes that Pratt’s passion for agriculture runs deep both professionally and personally. “For nearly four years, Seth has helped agribusinesses make key decisions that will advance our industry professionally while leading by example on our Context team with a growth mindset and willingness to learn,” says Troendle. He says he also appreciates Pratt’s active participation in production agriculture on a family ranch in Idaho, “which gives him wisdom and insight into the real-life decisions and challenges.”

Laudan has worked with Pratt on various outreach and membership education efforts for both AGR and FFA. He says, “I’m continually blown away by the sheer quality of Seth’s work and his ability to connect with people at all levels of our industry. He volunteers countless hours to provide guidance and help improve professional development programs for young people in agriculture.”

AgGrad 30 Under 30 aims to bring together future leaders of agriculture to collaborate and advance the industry. “While there are other programs that recognize 30 Under 30 professionals, there wasn’t one for agriculture specifically until now,” says AgGrad Founder Tim Hammerich.

“We are very excited to recognize our first class of winners across the five industry categories of agribusiness, innovation and technology, education and advocacy, entrepreneurship, and production agriculture.”

Hammerich adds, “With more than 100 nominees, we were overwhelmed with not only the quantity, but the high quality of nominees we received.”  Fourteen judges selected AgGrad 30 Under 30 winners from peer and self nominations based on contributions in their career, community, and the industry at large.

Pratt says he is honored to be chosen and to have the opportunity to network with other recipients. “This also gives me a chance to share with other young professionals how Context advances agriculture, and why it is a great place to work,” he says. “Context presents me with steep, exciting learning curves every day and a professional venue for collaborating with some of the most experienced agribusiness leaders in the world.”

“As the agriculture industry transforms, the need for talent is accelerating,” says Josh St. Peters, executive vice president at The Context Network. “Seth exemplifies the bright thinking and unwavering character which are qualities that will undoubtedly make a difference to the future of agriculture. It’s gratifying to see talent within our Context organization recognized across the industry.”

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 recruitment services, 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 no cost to students and young professionals and supported by participating agribusinesses. For more information about AgGrad 30 Under 30, visit the website: 30under30.ag.