Future Leaders in Agriculture Program

The USDA Future Leaders in Agriculture Program selects undergraduate and graduate students in agriculture-related studies for a weeklong trip to Washington, D.C. During their visit, students will attend the Outlook Forum and take part in a USDA briefing, discuss career opportunities with agriculture leaders in academia, government, and industry, and tour the nation’s capital. Winners receive free registration, transportation, and lodging.


For questions about the Future Leaders Program and application process, please contact Lisa Purnell (lisa.purnell@usda.gov)


2020 Program Finalists

A Sample of Winning Essays
Undergraduate Essay 1
Undergraduate Essay 2
Undergraduate Essay 3

Graduate Essay 1
Graduate Essay 2
Graduate Essay 3


Previous Winners in the News


For More Information, please contact: Lisa Purnell

USDA - U.S. Department of Agriculture