Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Agriculture Future of America. The MOU formalizes a partnership to promote the common goals of strengthening the future competitiveness and sustainability of the U.S. agriculture industry by preparing more young people for careers in agriculture.
Vilsack says, “This partnership will enhance USDA’s involvement with AFA and its leadership development and education mission.” USDA and AFA will continue to collaborate on leadership development efforts, and link young leaders with career opportunities in food, agricultural science, natural resources, and related fields. Under the MOU, USDA commits to advancing opportunities for AFA delegates to participate in USDA programs, including internships. AFA will provide occasions for USDA to meet with AFA delegates to share information about these opportunities.
AFA President and CEO Mark Stewart adds, “This agreement reinforces our belief that connecting young leaders with USDA initiatives will enrich their careers and contribute to a more resilient and competitive agriculture industry.”