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Future Leaders Program

Tomorrow’s agriculture depends on cultivating today’s students. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is sowing these seeds through the Future Leaders in Agriculture Program, coordinated through USDA’s Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement. Founded in 2007, the program introduces students at land-grant universities and Hispanic-serving institutions to the work of USDA and partner organizations. This two-day virtual event will be held in March 2022 in conjunction with participants’ attendance during the USDA’s Agricultural Outlook Forum, which will be held virtually February 24-25, 2022.

Undergraduate and graduate students, who are pursuing agriculture-sector degrees at 1862 land-grant universities, historically black 1890 land-grant universities, tribal land-grant colleges and universities, and Hispanic-serving institutions, are encouraged to register and attend the Agricultural Outlook Forum.  Forum sessions explore a wide range of current and emerging topics in agriculture relating to global trade, innovations in agriculture, developments in animal and crop biotechnology and commodity markets.  

Following the close of this week’s Agricultural Outlook Forum, students, who registered and attended the Forum, will receive information on how to register for the Future Leaders In Agriculture Program.  During the March event, student participants will engage with leadership from USDA and longstanding partners Farm Credit Council and Biotechnology Innovation Organization. For more information, please contact Lisa Purnell, USDA Liaison, Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement at   

Students who are interested in scholarship, internship, and career opportunities at USDA can learn more at or contact their local USDA Liaison.