USDA Invites Students to Agriculture Outlook Forum

Eleven university students will attend the USDA 2007 Agricultural Outlook Forum.

USDA Secretary Mike Johanns announced Thursday the selection of 11 university students to attend USDA's 2007 Agricultural Outlook Forum. The conference, "Agriculture at the Crossroads: Energy, Farm and Rural Policy," is scheduled for March 1 and 2 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Virginia.

"Attending the Forum gives our young people the perspective to recognize historic change and the wide range of opportunities in today's world of agriculture," Johanns says. The Agricultural Outlook Forum Student Diversity Program was created this year to give students insight into their agricultural studies.

The juniors and seniors majoring in agricultural-related studies at Land Grant universities were selected based on their essays, "Why I Want a Career in Agriculture." The students representing their universities are Rosalind Booker, Virginia State University; Meredith M. Esguerra, University of Maryland Eastern Shore; Monique Fahie, Alcorn State University; Sara Falk, Michigan State University; Matthew Greiner, Michigan State University; Alicia Lowe, Virginia State University; Lakeitha Ruffin, Alcorn State University; LeAnn Rutledge, North Carolina A & T State University; Kristen Walker, University of Maryland Eastern Shore; Corrina Willis, Lincoln University; and Victoria Young, Lincoln University.

Plenary speeches are webcast at www.usda.gov/oce/forum after 3:30 p.m. EST on March 1.

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