The USDA announced its selection of 30 college students who will attend the USDA’s 2020 Ag Outlook Forum as participants in the USDA Future Leaders of Agriculture Program. 

These undergrad and graduate-level students will take part in a weeklong trip to Washington, D.C., capped off with their attendance at the Forum on February 20-21. 

The USDA has hosted students in this program since 2007. The trip to the Forum, which is USDA’s largest annual meeting, gives students real-world learning opportunities in contemporary agribusiness, scientific research, and agricultural policy. 

The program selects 20 undergrads and 10 graduate students based on their written essays on agricultural careers and challenges. 

During their visit to D.C., students will take part in a USDA briefing and discussion of career opportunities with agriculture leaders in academics, government, and industry. They will also tour the nation’s capital, attend the Forum, and will meet with Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue. 

The Future Leaders in Agriculture Program is supported by academic institutions, corporations, and government institutions dedicated to promoting the education of the next generation of agriculture.