About Awards


The challenges facing agriculture and food today are many – feeding a rapidly growing global population, an aging farmer population, environmental degradation as a result of some production practices, a spiraling health epidemic brought about by unhealthy food and unhealthy habits, increasingly complicated consumer demands, and now a worldwide pandemic. Thankfully, there are people around the world working to address these challenges in order to create a stronger, more connected, efficient, productive, and sustainable food system.

The Emerging Leaders in Food & Ag Awards were designed to honor these up-and-coming leaders from across the food system and to highlight the amazing work and dedication of the individuals that are going to lead us into a new future for food and agriculture.

What is an Emerging Leader?

An Emerging Leader in Food & Ag is someone working to create a better and stronger food system – whether it be by educating consumers, fighting for better policies, developing new tech innovations, addressing farmer and sector challenges, employing superior sustainability measures, or creating positive change in one of hundreds of other ways. Emerging leaders are committed to improving the food system and work with the highest level of integrity.

How do I nominate someone?

Nominations and voting are now closed for the 2021 awards. Please stay tuned for announcements of our Finalists and our 2021 Awards event, coming this Fall.

Is there an age restriction for Emerging Leaders?

There is no age restriction for nominees. Leaders span all ages but Emerging Leaders in Food & Ag are those professionals who are just starting along their leadership path or who have yet to be recognized for their leadership in their corner of the food system.

How are winners decided?

The public had a chance to vote online for their favorite leaders – Finalists will be announced soon! The results from the vote will be coupled with evaluation from a panel of industry judges to decide the winners.

When and where will winners be announced?

Our 25 Finalists, based on the results of the voting, will be announced soon. The Top 10 award winners will be unveiled during our second annual Emerging Leaders in Food & Ag Awards virtual event in Fall 2021!

What is the Emerging Leaders in Food & Ag event?

The Emerging Leaders in Food & Ag event is designed to develop, connect, and celebrate leaders in the sector. The event will take place online in Fall 2021 and features these parts:

  • Engaging keynote speaker
  • Networking with finalists and attendees
  • The unveiling the 2021 Top 10 Emerging Leaders in Food & Ag

What do winners receive?

Winners will receive a beautiful awards trophy honoring their achievement, recognition at the annual Emerging Leaders in Food & Ag event, and will be featured online through Emerging Leaders in Food & Ag and partners sources.

How do I sponsor Emerging Leaders in Food & Ag?

Sponsorship is a great opportunity to position your organization as a leader in developing a successful and resilient food system, as well as to get your initiatives in front of an ambitious, motivated, and successful community of change-creators and decision-makers. If you would like to learn more about sponsorship, please email Sarah at info@emergingleadersfa.com.