The White House and U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday recognized Adam McClung, executive vice president of the Arkansas Cattlemen's Association and National Cattlemen's Beef Association member, as one of 15 "Champions of Change" leaders from across the country.
The USDA/White House Champions of Change are agriculturalists who are leading in their industries and communities, inspiring others who want to find careers and a life on the land, and providing food, fiber, fuel, and flora around the world.
"The White House has chosen an exceptional group of innovative leaders from across the country," said Forrest Roberts, NCBA CEO. "Adam is an excellent example of a bright, young leader in the beef industry and is extremely deserving of this award."
McClung and wife Chantel own and operate 7 Diamond 3 McClung Cattle Company near El Paso, Ark.
McClung attended Eastern Oklahoma State College and Oklahoma State University on livestock judging scholarships, and received his bachelor's degree in animal science with an emphasis on business and agriculture economics.
"This award recognizes not only Adam's outstanding leadership, but also his ability to inspire others seeking a future in the beef industry," Roberts said.
The program featured USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden, who discussed efforts to ensure beginning farmers and ranchers have access to the programs and support they need. The event also included a discussion about how to continue growing and supporting the next generation of agriculturalists.