About Young Professionals in Agriculture


Connecting young agricultural leaders through professional development, industry learning, and service opportunities. 

Vision Statement

Young Professionals in Agriculture will be the premier organization for young professionals. This will be accomplished by expanding our membership base with engaged leaders who continually work to shape the future of agriculture. We will be viewed as a respected resource for our combined industry knowledge, leadership, and service. 

Diversity Statement

Young Professionals in Agriculture strives to grow and nurture culture in which diversity, equity and inclusion is a reflex, not an initiative; and a deep sense of pride, passion and belonging rises above any professional ambition, unifying us in our shared commitment to agricultural innovation and social responsibility. We recognize that different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds create more growth opportunities, allowing us to be better agricultural professionals who sow the seeds of change for future generations.



Young Professionals in Agriculture was founded in 2012 with the mission to connect young agricultural leaders located in Iowa. Members meet the second Tuesday of every month through various social events or business tours. Members also value service and philanthropy and participate in various events throughout the year. The organization continues to grow and more than 100 members are currently part of Young Professionals in Agriculture. 



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Board of Directors



Austin Pueschel
Senior Project Manager


Vice President

Joanna Ramos
Customer Success Manager

Treasurer & Secretary
Nichole Wilson
Account Manager
Pig Improvement Company (PIC)

Communications Chair
Grace Larkey
Senior Coordinator, Communications
Renewable Energy Group (REG)

Special Events Chair 
Chloe Carson
Manager of Digital Communications
National Pork Producers Council
Programming Chair
Lindsay Calvert
Leadership Development Manager
Iowa Corn Growers Association
Community Relations Chair
Josie Burgett
Downtown Activation Manager
Greater Des Moines Partnership
Membership Chair
Peter Isaacson
Farm Manager
Peoples Company

Past President
Lexi Marek Beeler
Digital Marketing Manager
Pig Improvement Company (PIC)