Agricultural Scholars Program

Questions? Read the Agricultural Scholars Program FAQs. Download a Word document of the nomination form here that can be used to draft answers before populating the form.

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?       

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 participate in all of the opportunities 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?   

Nominations are requested by December 4, 2020 for students to be considered for the 2021 cohort. Accepted nominees will be notified by December 18, 2020.

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