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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 in conjunction with 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.

The program targets 30 agriculture, agricultural business, agricultural economics, communications, nutrition and food science or pre-veterinary junior or senior and graduate students who demonstrate leadership at their university and/or in their community. Students (20 undergraduate and 10 graduate) will be selected from Land-Grant Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and Non-Land-Grant Colleges of Agriculture.

See the 2023 Program Winners

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.