APLU has been asked to forward to you the following information, and the deadline for submitting applications is December 11, 2015:
Please see the attached announcement concerning the 2016 USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum Student Diversity Program, and distribute it to your undergraduate (juniors and seniors) and graduate students majoring in agriculture and related sciences at your college or university. (Program Details PDF, Application PDF)
In summary, USDA’s Agricultural Outlook Forum provides producers, policymakers, business, government, and industry leaders with a unique opportunity to meet, exchange ideas, and discuss timely issues at the forefront of America’s agriculture. In an effort to increase the present and future diversity of participation in the Forum, USDA created this program that provides sponsorship opportunities for students to attend this annual event.
The attached program announcement includes full details, including submission instructions. The deadline for submissions has been extended to December 11, 2015. Please note that there are separate selection criteria for undergraduate and graduate students.
In addition to the criteria described in the announcement, all applicants are required to complete and submit the attached “2016 USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum Student Diversity Program Application”, which can be completed on the computer and saved prior to electronic submission. This application should be submitted along with each student’s essay.
Please refer to the Agricultural Outlook Forum Student Diversity Program website (http://www.usda.gov/oce/forum/diversity/diversity_program.htm) for additional information (including examples of winning essays from 2015).