Successful Farming, the most successful and recognizable brand in the agricultural industry, this week released its list of “10 Up & Comers,” part of its special “10”-themed June/July issue featuring several lists of agricultural interest.

Meaghan Anderson, an Iowa State University field agronomist based in Iowa City, Iowa, is one of Successful Farming’s people to watch in agriculture. The 10 individuals profiled by Successful Farming are young innovators influencing the agricultural industry and how it operates today and in the future.

Last summer Anderson came across a new situation: Palmer amaranth—the Satan of the weed world—had begun appearing in noncrop fields. The devastating weed had previously infested cropland by livestock feed or equipment movement, but this was different. Anderson launched into pollinator plots and CRP plantings to help farmers and landowners detect Palmer amaranth.

Anderson answered the call—in person, even—of area farmers who read her writings on the weed’s recent infestation. Her findings on Palmer amaranth fueled web articles and newsletters focused on the weed and treating it.

“At Successful Farming, we know our audience includes some of the most innovative, forward-thinking and ambitious agricultural professionals,” said Dave Kurns, Editorial Content Director of Successful Farming. “With this special issue, we wanted to recognize some of our readers who are forging new paths and discovering untapped and inventive avenues to bolster their businesses and improve the agricultural industry. The 10 individuals featured are bringing fresh eyes and new outlooks to agriculture, demonstrating the talent in the industry and the many opportunities for expansion and even greater impact on the world’s food supply.”

To read more about Anderson and others featured in Successful Farming, see the June/July issue, or go to for even more information.