Next Gen Ag: Growing the Agriculture Industry at a Young Age

by | Mar 20, 2024

Next Gen Ag is a year long series that will run on our In The Field blog, Facebook page, Instagram page and Twitter account. Each Wednesday, we will highlight a young person pursuing a career in the agriculture industry. Individuals can be in high school, college, or recent graduates who are working to establish a career in agriculture. Stay tuned each week to meet some of our industry’s future leaders!

Growing up in a typical southern family, Milosh McAdoo was raised around agriculture and remembers snapping beans with his PawPaw at a young age. With countless childhood memories raising hogs, goats, chickens, and horses, it’s no wonder Milosh sought after a career in the agriculture industry. Although he is a livestock guy at heart, he has never shied away from an opportunity to learn more about our state’s agriculture industry and get his hands dirty in a variety of ways. His passion, determination and hard-work ethic have already established a firm foundation for him to stand on for his career, but according to Milosh, he has plenty of growing and learning yet to do.

As a young boy, Milosh recalls countless times with his father, mother, PawPaw, and other family members on the farm. “We all lived together on the same piece of land, and everyone was connected to agriculture in some way,” he said. “My father raised goats. My grandfather, or PawPaw to me, raised hogs as well as farmed a few row crops. It’s been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.” In fact, it was his PawPaw that first established a love of agriculture in Milosh. “He taught me many lessons as a kid that I continue to use in my work throughout the industry,” he said. “I definitely credit him for my initial interest in and pursuit of agriculture.” In first grade, Milosh told his classmates that his dream job was to become a veterinarian. Although he has since shifted to other areas of the industry, he remains a livestock guy at heart with a deep love of animals.

In high school, Milosh really started to get his feet wet by taking a variety of agriculture classes, joining the FFA, raising and showing livestock and more! “As I started thinking more strategically about agriculture as a career, I wanted to learn as much as I could and gain experience in a variety of areas,” he said. Milosh served as State Officer in the FFA and enjoyed all the hands-on experience he received through the organization as well as the connections he made across the industry. After graduating high school, he attended North Carolina A&T State University where he majored in Animal Science.

As a recent college graduate, Milosh has just started his career in the agriculture industry and is already loving it! “Agriculture touches everyone’s life in some way,” he said. “It supports our economy and rural communities, and it continues to grow from year to year. It’s an honor to serve in this industry alongside many other talented and passionate individuals.” As a participant in the BASF Corporation’s Commercial Business PDP Program, Milosh is working in three different areas of the industry on a nine-month rotation. His first rotation, ending at the beginning of next quarter, has been focused on Ag Innovation and New Business Development. “The BASF team is an international one, so I’ve had the opportunity to work with individuals in Brazil and Germany through this first rotation,” he said. “We help support new partnerships for the company and new technologies throughout the agriculture industry. It’s been interesting to see how agriculture is different in other cultures around the world and learn how they all connect.” Although he doesn’t yet know where his second rotation will take place in the company, Milosh is excited about the opportunity to learn about another facet of agriculture and gain hands-on experience in a new way.

As an effective storyteller and communicator, Milosh would one day love to work as a Communications or Marketing Director for an agriculture company, commodity organization or agriculture ethics campaign. “Marketing, communication and advocacy are all very important to me,” he said. “I consider myself to be a good communicator both internally and externally, so it would be an honor to spend my career using that talent to support and influence the agriculture industry.”

Although he loves a wide variety of things across the industry, Milosh’s favorite thing about agriculture is the people within it. “There are a lot of different pieces that make up the agriculture industry, and therefore a lot of different individuals,” he said. “Although I am a livestock guy at heart, I’ve learned so much from other people across the industry about different aspects or sides of agriculture. Everyone is so willing to help and support one another to establish the best version of agriculture.” Milosh credits this culture to the fact that everyone in agriculture works together for a bigger purpose, to feed and clothe the world.

For anyone seeking a career in the agriculture industry, Milosh suggests (1) embracing curiosity and (2) gaining as much hands-on experience as you can. “Ask a lot of questions. Go to the farmers market and meet the farmers. Learn all that you can about the industry and the individuals within it,” he said. “Build connections and gain hands-on experience to discover what part of agriculture speaks to you.” We are so proud of all that Milosh has accomplished thus far in his career and look forward to seeing the impact that he will continue to make on the industry!