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USDA Future Leader participants announced

20 undergrads, 10 grad students will participate in USDA's largest annual meeting.

February 18, 2020

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Thirty university students who will attend USDA’s 2020 Agricultural Outlook Forum as participants of the USDA Future Leaders in Agriculture Program have been selected.

These undergraduate and graduate students will participate in a weeklong trip to Washington, D.C., capped off by their attendance at the Forum, USDA’s largest annual meeting, held Feb. 20-21, 2020 in Arlington, Va.

The participants

Undergraduate participants:

  1. Jaevien Akinmola, South Carolina State University                                         

  2. Jailynn Britt, University of Maryland Eastern Shore                               

  3. Bobby Brooks, North Carolina A&T State University                                

  4. Holly Enowski, University of Missouri                                                        

  5. Mariana Gonzalez Castro, San Diego State University, Imperial Valley                         

  6. McKenzie Greene, Clemson University                                                                      

  7. Kyle Jacobs, Virginia State University                                                     

  8. Christopher Jennings, Prairie View A&M University                                         

  9. Gretchen Kuck, Texas A&M University                                                     

  10. Sadie Keller, California State University, Stanislaus                       

  11. Michael McGill, Oklahoma State University                                                     

  12. Ivi Mitchell, Virginia State University                                                      

  13. Isaiah Nance, University of Maryland Eastern Shore                               

  14. Edwin Sanchez, University of Maryland College Park                                            

  15. Andrew Skidmore, California State University, Fresno                                       

  16. Natalie Sturm, Montana State University                                                     

  17. Maya Sullivan, Tuskegee University                                                                     

  18. Cassandra Tice, California State University, Monterey Bay                           

  19. Monae Wilmore, University of Maryland College Park                                             

  20. Trevor Wingett, California State University, Stanislaus                       

Graduate participants:

  1. Christina Bradshaw, North Carolina A&T State University                                

  2. Emily Carlson, Oregon State University                                                     

  3. Alejandra Celio, California Polytechnic State University                    

  4. Mikayla Dolch, Oklahoma State University                                                     

  5. Stephon Fitzpatrick, University of Maryland Eastern Shore                               

  6. Megan Hughes, Purdue University                                                                      

  7. Cathy Keeler, Tuskegee University                                                                     

  8. Taylor Price, Oklahoma State University                                                     

  9. Ashley Toney, University of Nebraska-Lincoln                                         

  10. Charles Watt, Montana State University                                                      

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

Since 2007, USDA has hosted undergraduate and graduate students at the Forum to enable real-world learning opportunities in contemporary agribusiness, scientific research, and agricultural policy. The program selects 20 university undergraduates and 10 graduate students based on essays on agricultural careers and challenges. These students major in agriculture-related studies, including business, economics, communications, nutrition, food science, and veterinary studies. Finalists are selected from land-grant universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, and non-land-grant colleges of agriculture.

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