USDA’s Agricultural Outlook Focuses on Student Diversity

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke with and took questions from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Outlook Student Diversity Program competitive essay winners at the 2013 Agricultural Outlook Forum, held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel, Arlington, Virginia on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. This annual Forum brings together producers, policymakers, and business, government, and industry leaders to meet, exchange ideas, and discuss timely agriculture issues. (USDA photo by Lance Cheung)
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke with and took questions from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Outlook Student Diversity Program competitive essay winners at the 2013 Agricultural Outlook Forum, held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel, Arlington, Virginia on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. This annual Forum brings together producers, policymakers, and business, government, and industry leaders to meet, exchange ideas, and discuss timely agriculture issues. (USDA photo by Lance Cheung)

USDA’s Agricultural Outlook Forum Student Diversity Program is designed to introduce students to contemporary agribusiness, future trends, scientific research, and agricultural policy in today’s real world environment while increasing diversity within the Forum and throughout USDA.

Program sponsorship in 2013 was provided by CHS, Inc. and Farm Credit; USDA’s Economic Research Service, Agricultural Research Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Office of the Chief Economist; and, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Last February, the program was expanded from 24 to 30, including undergraduates, and for the first time, 10 students at the graduate level. The students came from Land-Grant Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and American Association of State Colleges of Agriculture and Renewable Resources institutions.

Read more from the June/July 2013 issue of MyUSDA newsletter at the link below. Miguel Aceves ('13, Crop Production), took part in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Outlook Forum Student Diversity Program in February 2013. Now employed as a pest control advisor in Yuma, Ariz., Aceves is quoted in the newsletter about his experience at the forum.

Date released: 
Aug 9 2013