What is Next Gen. Ag Leaders? (NGA10)

What is it?

Next Gen. Ag 10 (NGA10) is a network of successful, multi-generational businesses in the agri-food value chain. This is a powerful and dynamic group of ten founding businesses, with leadership and management skills in diverse and sustainable agricultural enterprises who are connecting digitally.

Leaders come from:

  • Cattle
  • Associations
  • Seed trade
  • Vertical produce
  • Agronomy
  • Grain production
  • Communications
  • Digital
  • Certifications

Coaches come from:

  • Communications
  • Team talent
  • Ag industry
  • Eduction
  • Associations
  • Policy
  • Market Analysis

Leaders and Coaches

MACKAYBEN has been successful in identifying ten of the best, brightest and strongest future leaders in agriculture and food.  We have identified a coaching team of strong leaders with decades of agricultural & business experience who can help in designing a course of action that will enable these leaders to reach their fullest potential. 

NGA10 Founding Members

Mitchell Hora
Continuum AG, IA
Jason Lutz
Agri-Pulse, MO
Zach Johnson
MN Millennial Farmer, MN
Courtney Knupp
US Soybean Export Council, IN
Austin Swystun
Full Line Ag Sales, SK
Adam Hinton
Hinton Mills, KY
Caleb Schleder
Precision Planting, IL
Scott & Maddie Knobbe
Knobbe Feed Yards, NE
Ben & Phil Needham
Needham Ag Technologies, KY
George McDonald &
Sara Owen
Catesa Farms, TN

NGA 10: Class of 2023

Mercedes McCue
Agriculture Future of America, CO
Darcy Terteling
AGCO Corporation, GA
Lewis Sterns
Progressive Crop Solutions, OH
Jay Boren
Lock N Lube, NH

NGA 10: Class of 2022

Cam Camfield
Stratovation Group, OH
Erika Harms
Mitchell Equipment, NE
Jake Judge
Mitchell Equipment, NE
Taylor Gerber
Johnson Tractor, WI

The Coaching Team

The Next Generation of Agriculture coaches group will be limitless. But the most active participants in monthly discussions guiding NGA10 thoughts and actions will be four trusted friends who have decades of experience in talent search, communications, and group leadership dynamics.

The NGA10 Network will be connected to land grant universities LEAD Programs for access to research, curriculum, and the experiences of the state leadership programs.