Next Generation

Farm Foundation Cultivators

Nurturing and developing the next generation of industry leaders

Congratulations to the June 2021 Farm Foundation Cultivators!

Shweta Adhikari Cultivator Photo

Shweta Adhikari
University of Georgia

Octavio Guimaraes Photo

Octavio Guimaraes
Colorado State University

Lacey Lingelbach Cultivator Photo

Lacey Lingelbach
University of Florida

Laura van der Pol Cultivator Photo

Laura van der Pol
Colorado State University

Vivian Vuong Photo

Vivian Vuong
University of California, Davis

Janeva Williams Photo

Janeva Williams
North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University

About the 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.