Austin is dual majoring in "Applied Economic Management: Community Economic Development" and "Agricultural Sciences" with a concentration in "Leaderhip and Social Change" and "Crop and Soil Science" at Virginia Tech with hopes of continuing his passion of international agricultural education and development.
Austin served as the 2009-2010 State FFA Appalachian Area Vice President for the state of Virginia. Since then the FFA has opened many doors for him for serving as one of the 2010 National FFA Officer Candidates, to traveling to traveling to 28 different countries to learn about agriculture education, development, and advocacy. He was motivated to start "Feed by Seed" (a 501(c)3 organization that focuses on global agriculture education, development, and advocacy) after a trip to Zambia, Africa in the summer of 2010 with the National FFA Organization. Austin just finished studying a semester aboard in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland as an inagural member of the Presidential Global Scholars program. He was also just selected to be a 2012-2013 Presidential Fellow with The Center for the Study of The Presidency and Congress. He continues to run "Feed by Seed" and all of its global operations.
Austin plans to graduate Virginia Tech in December 2014 to pursue work in the international agriculture education, development, and advocacy realm.