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Now accepting nominations for the Cultivators program

Nominations for the Farm Foundation’s Cultivators program are now open. 

Farm Foundation will select up to six undergraduate or graduate students from accredited North American colleges or universities to participate in the January 2022 Farm Foundation Round Table meeting, which takes place Jan. 11-14, 2022 in Delray Beach, Fl. 

The Round Table is an invite-only group of approximately 150 C-suite food and agricultural leaders and their guests who meet to discuss issues surrounding agribusiness, food systems and rural communities. The program for the January 2022 Round Table is “Resilience for Success: Agriculture’s Enduring Impact,” which will address resilience in areas including ag markets, supply chains, trade and the environment, with an additional focus on water and issues impacting Florida.

Nominations must be submitted by a dean, director or department chair from an accredited institution. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Nov. 5. For more information, please refer to the FAQ below.

We’ve been fortunate this year to have such a strong group of 2021 Cultivators. Learn about our June 2021 Cultivators here.

Nominate A Farm Foundation Cultivator

Frequently asked questions

What is Farm Foundation?

Foundation is an accelerator of practical solutions for agriculture. Our mission is to build trust and understanding at the intersections of agriculture and society. We accomplish this by leveraging non-partisan objective dialogue, information and training, catalyzing solutions and creating multi-stakeholder collaboration. Our vision is to build a future for farmers, our communities and our world. Since 1933, we have connected leaders across agricultural sectors–farming, business, academia, organizations and government.

What is Farm Foundation® Round Table?

A program of Farm Foundation, the Round Table is an invitational group of agricultural leaders who meet semi-annually to discuss issues of importance to agribusiness, the food system and rural communities. The sessions are intended to provide ideas and a learning experience that participants may use in their own activities. 

What is the Cultivator program?

The Cultivator program provides awards for up to six undergraduate or graduate-level students from accredited agricultural programs in the United States to participate in a Farm Foundation Round Table meeting.

Who can nominate a student?

Only a dean, director, or department chair from a participating institution can nominate a student for the Cultivator program. Farm Foundation encourages the sponsoring institution to choose students who have a direct interest in the subject on which the Round Table meeting program will be focused. 

What will the Cultivators be required to do?

Students are expected to attend each Round Table session. They are expected to actively engage with Round Table participants throughout the meeting. 

Importantly, Cultivators will be required to prepare a (1) brief (approximately 5-8 minute) presentation to be shared during the meeting and (2) prepare a related poster to be displayed throughout the meeting. During select meeting networking breaks, students will have the opportunity to discuss their posters and research with fellow attendees. Posters should be no smaller than 36’X24’ and no larger than 36×48.  They will be affixed to a hard backing. 

How will students meet Round Table participants?

A Round Table participant will be assigned as a host/mentor for each Cultivator. Mentors will reach out to the students before the event to let them know what to expect, etc. During the meeting, Mentors will ensure that the Cultivators are meeting other Round Table members, students, speakers, and guests. They will also be introduced and integrated among the Round Table participants throughout the event.

How can I nominate a student?

Only a dean, director, or department chair from a participating institution can nominate a student for the Cultivator program. Nominators or their designees should complete the online nomination form located on the Farm Foundation Cultivators webpage at: . To nominate a student, please submit an online nomination form by Friday, November 5.  Selectees will be notified by November 19, 2021.



Please note: Contact information and a current resume/CV for the student will be required, in addition to a brief description of the student’s proposed presentation.