Farm Foundation Partners with USDA ERS on Emerging Leader Development Program

OAK BROOK, IL December 16, 2019 – Farm Foundation, a food and agriculture policy institute, is pleased to announce that it is partnering with the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) to create the new Farm Foundation Agricultural Scholars Program that will take 10 graduate-level students of agriculture through a year of programming. The collaboration between ERS and Farm Foundation seeks to inspire and train the next generation of agriculturalists interested policy, commodity market analysis, agricultural finance and other applied fields of economics.

“We are very excited to be working with USDA’s ERS on this program,” says Farm Foundation President Shari Rogge-Fidler. “This partnership is the next step in what Farm Foundation has been working on for the past several decades–engaging the future generation of agricultural leaders.”

The program will engage the Scholars in government and agricultural policy with a series of intensive, hands-on learning experiences, focused on gaining a deeper understanding of production agriculture, agribusiness and government. Some of the experiences will include mentorship with an ERS staff member and attending Farm Foundation meetings and Forums.  They will also spend time in Washington, DC and Kansas City, MO, where they will meet with agribusinesses leaders, policy makers and farmers.
The following students have been selected as 2020 Farm Foundation Agricultural Scholars:
Hunter Biram Kansas State University
Maggie Creamer University of California, Davis
James Davis University of Georgia
Charles Grigsby-Calage University of Florida
Tori Marshall Oklahoma State University
Kaleiah Schiller University of California – Davis
Tatiana Sierra University of California, Davis
Heather H. Tenboer Iowa State University
Jessica Wallach University of California, Davis
Katie Welch Oklahoma State University
Farm Foundation is an agricultural policy institute cultivating dynamic non-partisan collaboration to meet society’s needs for food, fiber, feed and energy. Since 1933, it has connected leaders in farming, business, academia, organizations and government through proactive, rigorous debate and objective issue analysis.

By Brian Allmer - The BARN

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