California Collegians Win USDA Ag Outlook Forum Student Diversity Program
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the selection of 30 university
students to attend USDA's 2014 Agricultural Outlook Forum, titled "The
Changing Face of Agriculture," to be held Feb. 20- 21, 2014, at the
Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Va. Twenty university juniors and
seniors were chosen on the basis of their essays on "Agriculture as a
Career," and 10 graduate students were selected for their response to
"The Greatest Challenge Facing Agriculture over the Next Five Years."
"The future of agriculture and rural America
depends on the upcoming generation of leaders in farming, ranching and
conservation, and the students selected to attend the Agricultural Outlook
Forum are among the best young leaders our country has to offer," said
Vilsack. "Participating in the Agricultural Outlook Forum will expose
these students to a variety of perspectives on this country's most pressing
agricultural challenges and lay the groundwork for bright futures in food,
fiber and forestry."
The student winners from California are undergraduates:
Frisius, California Polytechnic State University and Ruben Sanchez, California State University, Bakersfield.
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. The students are from land-grant,
Hispanic-serving, and non land-grant agricultural and renewable resources
Since the program's start in 2007, annual
sponsorship has been provided by CHS, Inc. and Farm Credit. USDA's Economic
Research Service, Agricultural Research Service, and Natural Resources
Conservation Service also provide support. The University of Maryland Eastern
Shore partners with USDA to make the program possible.
Registration for the public, two-day event is $375. Plenary speeches
will be webcast after 6:00 p.m. EST on Feb. 21. Program details and
registration information are available at www.usda.gov/oce/forum.
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