Next Generation Agribusiness Leaders

NGFA’s Next Generation Agribusiness Leaders (NextGen) initiative is designed for early-career professionals employed by NGFA member companies. Different than a traditional membership group, NextGen is a designation given to many various NGFA activities that can benefit early-career professionals in one of three core areas:

  • Education
  • Networking
  • Leadership Development

    Use this page as a home base from which to explore opportunities within the Association particularly of benefit to early-career professionals. And remember – if you are an employee of an NGFA member company, you are a member of NGFA! This website is full of ways to get involved, beyond those designated as NextGen. Become immersed in all NGFA has to offer.

  • Education

  • NextGen Webinars 
    Offered periodically throughout the year, NextGen webinars focus on topics particularly relevant to early-career professionals. A library of past webinars can be found in the right-hand column on this page. Information about upcoming webinars will be made available as they occur.

  • Online Training
    Located on the NGFA website, “NGFA University” is where we offer courses covering technical aspects of the grain, feed, export and processing industries. LEARN MORE

  • Trade Rules & Arbitration Seminar
    Geared towards the early-career professional, this seminar is a primer on the NGFA trade rules and arbitration system. LEARN MORE

  • Country Elevator Conference & Trade Show
    A dynamic conference and trade show designed to educate and inspire everyone in the grain and feed industry. LEARN MORE

  • Trade Rules & Arbitration Seminar – Reception and baseball outing

  • Country Elevator Conference & Trade Show – Late Night Happy Hour

  • CAP – See below.

    Leadership Development

    The Committee Apprentice Program (CAP) is designed to develop future leaders within the industry and the NGFA by allowing early-career professionals (ideally between 3 – 7 years’ work experience) to become apprenticed to an NGFA committee. In addition to participating in their specific committee activities, CAPs come to Washington, D.C., each spring for the “CAP DC Experience.”

    The CAP year runs from March Annual Convention to March Annual Convention. A limited number of apprentice positions are available – generally, one to three per committee, based on committee size. Those interested must apply for selection.


  • Upcoming Webinars
    Maximizing Your Employer Benefits
    Wednesday September 16, 2020
    3:00 pm EST
    Presented by:
    Brian McKibbon, CFP(R), CAP(R), Principal, CliftonLarsonAllen
    Craig McCormick, CPA, Wealth Adivsor, CliftonLarsonAllen

    Webinar Library
    • How to Climb the Ladder with your Ethics and Integrity Attached ( 60 minutes) | Presented by Greg Martinelli, Ag Sales Professionals | March 7, 2017 |  Listen to Webinar
    • How to Go From Good Employee to Great Manager (60 mins.) | Presented by Greg Beck, CGB | July 12, 2016 | View webinar | View presentation slides
    • Thriving Across Generations (50 mins.) | Presented by Mark Jewell | Nov. 17, 2015 | View webinar | View presentation slides
    • Communication Secrets of Top Leaders (44 mins.) | Presented by Greg Duerksen, Kincannon & Reed | Jan. 27, 2015 | View webinar
    Keep In Touch
    To receive updates about NextGen activities directly, make sure you have an NGFA profile and that it is up to date. This way, you’ll receive our emails containing NextGen – and other – information. For instructions on how to update, or create, your profile, click HERE .
    The following companies have demonstrated their investment in the industry's growth and future success by sponsoring a "NextGen" designated event:

    APEX LLC | Barrett, Easterday, Cunningham & Eselgroth | CHS Inc. | Harris Crane | INTL FCStone | J.D. Heiskell & Co. | Ritzville Warehouse