Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Conference Call to Highlight Opportunity for Students to Attend 2013 Agricultural Outlook Forum

C-FARE is sponsoring a conference call for advisors, department heads, and students on Thursday, October 25, 2012 from 2:00-3:00 pm Eastern to discuss an opportunity for students to attend 2013 USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum in Washington, DC.

C-FARE welcomes the following speakers:

Mr. Antonio McLaren from USDA’s Office of Advocacy and Outreach/1890 Program Liaison Officer at Virginia State University.

Dr. Harry S. Baumes, Director, Office of Energy Policy and New Uses, Office of the Chief Economist.

Speakers will provide background on the USDA Diversity Program, opportunities for students, and information about the Outlook Forum. Please RSVP by COB Wednesday, October 24 to: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dDlWd2FDdnNTVTliSTQzLTUxOUNJLUE6MQ.

If advisors would like student participation on the call, we recommend providing a room for your students to listen to the conference call and help monitor questions from students.
Information on the Diversity Program is provided below and can be viewed here: http://www.usda.gov/oce/forum/diversity/StudentAnnouncement.pdf.

Background on USDA Diversity Program
USDA’s Agricultural Outlook Forum provides producers, policymakers, business, government, and industry leaders with a unique opportunity to meet, exchange ideas, and discuss timely issues at the forefront of America’s agriculture. In an effort to increase the present and future diversity participation in the Forum, USDA created a program that provides sponsorship opportunities for junior-senior baccalaureate and this year has been expanded, for the first time, to include graduate students to attend this annual event.

The 2013 Agricultural Outlook Forum will be held Feb. 21-22 in Arlington, Virginia, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel. USDA will host an introductory briefing and discussion of career opportunities on Feb. 19. On Feb. 20 students will tour USDA’s Henry A. Wallace Beltsville Agricultural Research Center and the National Plant Materials Center. The USDA Outlook Forum Diversity Program is designed to expose students to contemporary agribusiness, future trends, scientific research, and agricultural policy in today’s real world environment.

If you have questions for C-FARE regarding the call please contact us at 202-408-8522.

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