Unlocking Your Inner Entrepreneur

Sara Wyant

Tuesday, 02 Oct 2018 at 7:30 pm – Sun Room, Memorial Union

One of the luckiest days of my life was when I got fired from a job I loved.

Sara Wyant is president of Agri-Pulse Communications, with offices in Washington DC and Camdenton, Missouri. As a veteran farm policy reporter, she is well recognized on Capitol Hill as well as with farm and commodity associations across the country. The Agri-Pulse newsletter and website include the latest updates on farm policy, commodity and conservation programs, trade, food safety, rural development, and environmental and regulatory programs. Wyant is a graduate of Iowa State and grew up on a farm near Marengo. William K. Deal Endowed Leadership Lecture and part of CALS Week
Sara Wyant was awarded the National FFA Foundation’s Honorary American FFA Degree in 2016 after serving on the Foundation’s Board of Trustees from 2014 to 2016. She formerly served as chairwoman of the Farm Foundation’s board of trustees and as past president of the American Agricultural Editors’ Association.

The National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) awarded the Dix Harper Meritorious Service Award to Wyant in 2016 in recognition of dedicated service to farm broadcasting. She was also awarded the 2016 North American Agricultural Journalists Audrey Mackiewicz Special Award in recognition of outstanding dedication to furthering the cause of agricultural journalism by expanding the coverage of agriculture and its related businesses.

Wyant was named to the 2015 annual Folio: "Top Women in Media" recognition in the Entrepreneurs category. She has been awarded a producer communications award from the United Soybean Board, an Oscar in Agriculture award for excellence in agricultural reporting from the American Agricultural Editors’ Association and a leadership award from Agriculture Future of America.

Cosponsored By:
  • CALS Week
  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • William K. Deal Endowed Leadership Lecture Fund
  • Committee on Lectures (funded by Student Government)

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