Farm Foundation and USDA ERS Announce 2021 Agricultural Scholars

Development program for emerging leaders selects 10 participants for 2021

[OAK BROOK, Ill.]—Farm Foundation and USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) have announced the 2021 cohort of the Farm Foundation Agricultural Scholars program. This collaborative program seeks to actively engage graduate-level scholars in government and agricultural policy work with a year-long series of intensive, hands-on learning experiences. It is designed to inspire and train the next generation of agricultural economists interested in agricultural policy, commodity market analysis, agricultural finance or other applied fields of economics.

“We are excited to once again partner with USDA’s ERS to bring this invaluable opportunity to ten outstanding graduate students,” said Shari Rogge-Fidler, President and CEO of Farm Foundation. “Our mission and vision involve engaging the next generation of food and agricultural leaders—and ag economics is certainly a critical discipline for developing emerging leaders.”

The following students have been selected as 2021 Farm Foundation Agricultural Scholars:

  • Andrew Anderson, Kansas State University
  • Shelby Brewer, Mississippi State University
  • Mckenzie Carvalho, Mississippi State University
  • Brian Cornish, Auburn University
  • Matthias Kunerth, South Dakota State University
  • Naila McCraney, Florida A&M University
  • Noé Nava, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Zachary Neuhofer, Purdue University
  • Sarah Sellars, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Nathanial Trull, Oregon State University

Students were selected from a competitive pool of applicants nominated by the leaders of their colleges or departments at accredited U.S. land grant universities. Each student will work directly with a mentor from ERS and have the opportunity to attend several valuable professional development and networking events. The year-long program culminates with each student presenting a capstone paper in a relevant research area. Learn more at

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