CAST Welcomes a New Communications Project Coordinator

Nick Plaugher recently joined CAST as a Communications Project Coordinator. He is interested in learning more about marketing, media, and communications in various channels. Nick looks forward to bringing an outside perspective to CAST as he works remotely.

Nick grew up in Clarksburg, West Virginia in the hills of the Appalachian Mountains. He has worked in various agricultural industries such as carpentry, natural resources, agricultural mechanics, taxidermy, and seasonal farm work. He has also worked with agencies like Missouri Department of Conservation and the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Nick graduated from West Virginia University (WVU) in Spring of 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural & Extension Education. After graduation, Nick has continued with his education and currently attends the University of Missouri–Columbia (Mizzou) majoring in Agricultural Communications & Leadership. He has a passion for communications and leadership development and wants to pursue a full-time career in the field upon graduation in the fall of 2022.

During his high school and undergraduate years, Nick served as 2018-2019 West Virginia FFA State President and later as a member of the 2020 National FFA Officer Nominating Committee. His experiences there paired with membership in WVU’s Photography Club, Agricultural Professionals Society, and operating his own photography business allowed Nick to play into his passions and stay active. Currently, Nick is involved with the Mizzou Ag. Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT) and Ag. Ed. Society clubs. His hobbies include photography and shooting sports. Nick is excited to grow as a member of the CAST team until his graduation so he can transition into a full-time position helping tell the story of agriculture.

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