New USDA Outlook Diversity Program
The USDA's Outlook Forum Diversity Program created a new sponsorship opportunity for agencies, corporations, and organizations. The program sponsored students to attend the Agricultural Outlook Forum at the 2007 conference, "Agriculture at the Crossroads: Energy, Farm, and Rural Policy,” March 1- 2 in Arlington, VA. The program educated students about agribusiness, the latest research, future trends, and policy in contemporary agriculture. These students represent the diversity of American agriculture and are among the next generation of agricultural industry leaders and future speakers at the USDA Outlook Forum.
The Student Diversity Program provided students a unique insight into their agricultural studies. The juniors and seniors, who major in agricultural-related studies at land-grant universities, were selected based on their essays, "Why I Want a Career in Agriculture." The students' attendance at the forum was sponsored by corporations and USDA agencies, including:
- The CHS Foundation;
- Deere & Company;
- Farm Credit Bank of Texas ;
- AgFirst Farm Credit;
- Georgia Farm Credit Association;
- Economic Research Service; and
- the Grain Inspection, Packers, and Stockyards Administration.
Henry Bahn, national program leader, and Antonio McLaren, a program specialist in Economic and Community Services, were principals for NIFA in developing this program.
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