Farm Foundation Cultivators

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

To help nurture the next generation of industry leaders, the Farm Foundation selects six university students to attend a Farm Foundation Round Table meeting. Cultivators, who may be undergraduate or graduate students, are selected from a competitive pool of applicants from accredited North American Land Grant colleges or universities. Students are nominated by their college dean or department head.

Each Cultivator is connected with a Farm Foundation Round Table participant who acts as a mentor for the meeting, letting them know what to expect and making sure they are interacting with other attendees. Cultivators are expected to participate in all aspects of the meeting, as well as present a poster of a key aspect of their studies.

Funded by Round Table Fellows and BNSF Railway Company, the Cultivator Program is an opportunity for students to interact with leaders in today’s food and agriculture sector. Each Cultivator’s involvement also adds another voice to the Farm Foundation Round Table discussions.

June 2020 Class of Cultivators: Kevin Zhang, University of Illinois, Heidi Borg, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Michael Fioretto, University of Florida, Abigail Cox, Cornell University, Matthias Kunerth, South Dakota State University, and Becky Hawkins, Auburn University
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