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Kentucky Graduates Picked As the Top Crop in Future Agribusiness

[Lexington, Ky.] – Five Kentucky graduates have joined an elite class of 21 emerging leaders in global agribusiness as inductees to the Alltech Graduate Program, giving Kentucky the largest representation of any state or country around the world. 

The Alltech Graduate Program, which kicked off Nov. 26 at Alltech’s European Headquarters in Ireland, will train talented agribusiness graduates through year-long projects at one of 128 Alltech offices around the world. Twenty-one graduates were selected for the program from a competitive pool of 1,550 applicants from around the globe. After a rigorous testing and interview process conducted in Europe, the inaugural class of graduates was revealed in May. With five representatives, Kentucky produced the highest number of accepted graduates among both states and countries, including the United Kingdom, Ireland, India, Estonia, Canada and the United States.

The first group of 21 graduates gather together with Frank Bradley of the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School and Alltech’s Steve Bourne, Richard Murphy, Emer Kelly, Suniti Mujumdar and Orla McAleer outside the Alltech European Bioscience Centre in Dunboyne, Co. Meath.

The Kentucky Alltech Graduates are:

  • Danielle Palmer, University of Kentucky
  • Rebecca Noble, University of Kentucky and the London School of Economics & Political Science
  • Daniel Grubb, Georgetown College
  • Bethany Brashears, University of Kentucky
  • Ashley Hamilton Baker, University of Auburn and the University of Guadalajara, Mexico (of Versailles, Ky.)

“From Canada to India, applicants for the first-ever class of the Alltech Graduate Program poured in from all over the world,” said Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech. “After a rigorous evaluation, five Kentuckians emerged as top talent in the future of agribusiness. Kentuckians are among the exceptional young minds who will lead the charge in finding solutions to feed the future – and I couldn’t be more proud.” 

Through the program, this elite group will pursue further knowledge in one of Alltech’s areas of business, including agribusiness, crop science, algae and fermentation. Graduates will attend lectures for two weeks at Alltech’s European Headquarters and the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. They will travel to Nicholasville, Ky., for a week of further training at Alltech’s Global Headquarters before dispersing to their assigned project locations. Graduates will study topics including sustainable energy, communications, marketing and international business.