Lloyd Noble Scholar Among Top Ag AdvocatesThu, 14 Aug 2014 14:36:39 CDT
Seth Pratt, a 2014 Lloyd Noble Scholar in Agriculture, was shocked when he saw his name listed as one of 50 under 50 farm and rural advocates.
The list, compiled by Agri-Pulse, an agricultural policy news publication, honors 50 U.S. farmers and ranchers under the age of 50 who have stepped into leadership positions and raised their voices for agriculture. Pratt is just one of four individuals younger than 25 years old.
“I was excited and honored to see my name,” Pratt said. “There are several people on the list I’ve admired for quite a while. To be included alongside them is humbling.”
Pratt, a fifth-generation cattle rancher from Blackfoot, Idaho, served as the 2011-2012 National FFA Western Region vice president, spoke on Food Dialogue panels hosted by the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance in spring 2013 and 2014, and uses social media to connect with consumers on agriculture and food topics.
Pratt was one of eight agricultural students selected to be part of the 2014 Lloyd Noble Scholars in Agriculture program. He spent the summer at the Noble Foundation working alongside agricultural researchers and consultants.
“I applied, in part, because I knew the Noble Foundation’s mission paralleled my focuses in agriculture, both as a student of the industry but also as an advocate,” Pratt said. “I learned hands-on, practical skills as well as created advocacy videos and learned how to better communicate what we do in agriculture. The experience was phenomenal.”
“This honor for Seth shows the high caliber of students we’re fortunate to host and teach as part of the scholars program,” said Hugh Aljoe, consultation program manager and the scholars’ supervisor. “We’re proud of him and the other students who want to immerse themselves in learning more about production agriculture to take home, apply to their future careers and share with those less familiar with agriculture.”
In May 2015, Pratt will graduate from the University of Idaho, where he studies agricultural economics and agricultural leadership. His ultimate goal is to go back to the family ranch, but he said he may make a detour into agribusiness. Wherever he goes, he wants to continue sharing agriculture with the public.
“This honor is gratifying, but it’s also obligating,” Pratt said. “It means I have the duty to give more.”
To view the advocacy videos created by Pratt and his fellow Lloyd Noble Scholars in Agriculture, click here.
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