Trent McKnight

Rancher, Founder of AgriCorps

Trent McKnight is a lifelong cattle rancher and businessman in Throckmorton, Texas, with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Agricultural Economics and Comparative Politics from Oklahoma State University and The London School of Economics.  He is a past national president of the Future Farmers of America and member of the Texas 4-H Council.

Trent has served as an agriculture advisor to the U.S. Military in Iraq, agricultural economist to the United Nations’ World Food Programme in Liberia, agriculture researcher for Texas A&M’s Borlaug Institute of International Agriculture and chairman of the USDA Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Committee. Agriculture, rural communities and international development are his passions.  In 2013, he founded AgriCorps, a non-profit organization that creates an enabling environment and builds capacity for school-based agricultural education in developing countries.  Trent is an operating partner in VestedWorld, a venture capital firm focused on early-stage companies in emerging markets across Africa.