Atticus Recognizes Emerging Ag Retail Leaders: Learn more about the ARA Rising Stars Award from 2021 Grand Prize Winner, Erin Hardin

Atticus is a proud sponsor of the ARA Rising Stars program, a commitment to developing emerging leadership within retail distribution. The ARA Rising Stars program provides a vehicle for member organizations to recognize and develop their top performers with unique professional development and networking opportunities.

Atticus is honored to recognize the 2021 ARA Rising Stars grand prize winner, Erin Hardin, precision ag coordinator at Southern States Coop., Inc. Erin is a graduate of Mississippi State University with an education in plant soil sciences, biology, and marketing. As a precision ag coordinator, Erin works with technology in the field to analyze, interpret and manage customer data to provide customers with real-time advice and recommendations based on accurate and actionable information.

Listen now as Erin talks about what leadership means to her, the Rising Stars experience and the opportunities that followed!



Erin explains that her role is ever-changing by day and season. She has been in her position for just over two years, and in that time, her recent accomplishments include the Rising Star award, ‘The Scoop’s’ 40 under 40, and the 4Rs stewardship award. Still, Erin tells us that the proudest moment in her career thus far is “seeing the success of her growers and their farms after working hard all season long on analyzing data, making recommendations and then seeing that out through to harvest.”

As part of the ARA Rising Stars recognition, the grand prize winner receives a trip to the Atticus headquarters located in Cary, NC, giving the recipient a ‘day in the life of an Atticus employee.’

“Atticus gave me many new tools and information to bring into my career; life advice, career advice, operational insight, and many networking opportunities”

If you know an emerging agriculture leader deserving of industry-wide recognition, nominate a 2022 Rising Star here by August 31, 2022.

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