Programs

Agricultural Scholars Program

Congratulations to the 2020 Farm Foundation Agricultural Scholars!

What is the Farm Foundation Agricultural Scholars Program?        

This program seeks to actively engage the graduate-level scholars in government and agricultural policy work with a year-long series of intensive, hands-on learning experiences, focused on gaining a deeper understanding of production agriculture, agribusiness, and government, in hopes of inspiring and training the next generation of agricultural economists interested agricultural policy, commodity market analysis, agricultural finance, and other applied fields of economics.

What will the Ag Scholars do?       

 – Attend two Farm Foundation Round Table meetings (in January and June), including the local food and agriculture tour on day one of the meetings;

– Participate in seven Farm Foundation Forums via audiocast;

– Attend a Farm Foundation Forum in Washington, DC, in person (based on alignment with their research);

– Spend one week in Washington, DC, where the Scholars will meet with and learn from senior executives in USDA, on Capitol Hill, with agribusinesses and in commodity trade associations;

– Spend one week in Kansas City, MO, where the Scholars will meet with ERS staff and will tour local agriculture and agribusiness, and gain on-the-farm and hands-on experience in the food and agricultural sector;

– Develop working relationships with key ERS senior analysts to identify research topics, provide additional career mentoring, and possibly serve on graduate committees, including have an ERS senior analyst assigned as a mentor;

– Meet with and learn from senior executives with agribusinesses and in local trade associations;

What does the award cover?               

The award covers all meeting registration costs, travel, hotel accommodations and materials.

If a winning student from a nominating university is unable to fully participate in the program for any reason, another student will be selected to take their place. Attendance and participation in all the Scholar events enhance the value of the programming for everyone.

Who can nominate a student?           

To be eligible for this program, students must be a U.S. citizen enrolled in graduate-level courses related to applied sciences, such as agricultural economics, at an accredited college or university. Students must be nominated by their college dean or department head and will be selected by a group of agriculture professionals working with the staff of Farm Foundation.

What is the student required to do?

Farm Foundation® Agricultural Scholars will be required to attend all of the gatherings listed above, regularly check in with their mentor, and write a project capstone paper at the end of the program year.  At times they may also be called up to comment, present or offer insight into on subject matter related to their research.

What is the nomination timeline?   

This program seeks to actively engage the graduate-level scholars in government and agricultural policy work with a year-long series of intensive, hands-on learning experiences, focused on gaining a deeper understanding of production agriculture, agribusiness and government. The next nomination packet will be posted in Fall of 2020. For more information, contact Tim Brennan, vice president of external relations, at tim@farmfoundation.org.

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