Next Generation

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.

Congratulations to the 2021 Farm Foundation Agricultural Scholars!

Andrew Anderson

Andrew Anderson
Kansas State University

Shelby Brewer

Shelby Brewer
Mississippi State University

Mckenzie Carvalho

Mckenzie Carvalho
Mississippi State University

Brian Cornish

Brian Cornish
Auburn University

Matthias Kunerth

Matthias Kunerth
South Dakota State University

Naila McCraney

Naila McCraney
Florida A&M University

Noé Nava

Noé Nava
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Zachary Neuhofer

Zachary Neuhofer
Purdue University

Sarah Sellars

Sarah Sellars
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Nathanial Trull

Nathanial Trull
Oregon State University

Frequently asked questions

What is the Farm Foundation Agricultural Scholars Program?
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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?
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  • Attend two Farm Foundation Round Table meetings (in January 2021 and June 2021);
  • Develop working relationships with key ERS senior analysts to identify research topics, provide additional career mentoring, and possibly serve on graduate committees;
  • Present research and receive feedback from ERS economists during a capstone research presentation event;
  • Meet with and learn from senior executives with agribusinesses and in local trade associations;
  • Be assigned one ERS staff member as a mentor for the year and with an opportunity to shadow the ERS mentor for one day, if possible;
  • Participate in Farm Foundation Forums and other events throughout the year;
  • Participate in the USDA Ag Outlook Forum;
  • Attend the AAEA Annual Meeting in Austin, TX, with special opportunities to connect and network with agricultural economists;
  • Potentially travel to Kansas City, MO and Washington, DC to tour local agriculture and agribusinesses, and gain on-the-farm and hands-on experience in the food and agricultural sector, as well as meet with and learn from senior executives in USDA, on Capitol Hill, with agribusinesses, and in commodity trade associations.
What does the award cover?
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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?
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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 are Agricultural Scholars required to do?
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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.