Farm Foundation Cultivators

About the Cultivators Program

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 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.

Congratulations to the January 2021 Class of Cultivators: Shweta Adhikari, University of Georgia; Octavio Guimaraes, Colorado State University; Lacey Lingelbach, University of Florida; Laura van der Pol, Colorado State University; Vivian Vuong, University of California, Davis; and Janeva Williams, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.
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