40 Under 40, Class of 2016

Jared Barnes


Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, Texas

Job Title

Assistant Professor of Horticulture


  • Earned his master’s and PhD degrees in horticultural science from North Carolina State University — summa cum laude for both degrees!
  • Engages, encourages and inspires students to think outside the box when it comes to the future of the horticulture industry and gardening. As a graduate student at NCSU, Jared dressed up as Super Seed, a superhero character he developed to illustrate seed germination and the initiation of a plant’s life cycle.


Getting into the Swing of Things: If there is ever a Dancing with the Horticulture Industry competition, sign Jared up. “I can cut a rug swing dancing.”

Fun Facts

Favorite Flick: “'Field of Dreams' has captivated me since being a child. Perhaps it’s because the movie is about magic happening in a corn field.”

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GPN recognizes 40 industry professionals under the age of 40 who are helping to determine the future of the horticulture industry. These individuals are today’s movers and shakers who are already setting the pace for tomorrow.

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