Moving Forward; AAEC's Redwine set to attend Agricultural Outlook Forum
Kevin Redwine, a senior with Texas Tech's Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, is one of two dozen university students from across the nation who've been selected to attend the USDA's 2012 Agricultural Outlook Forum. The meeting, the agency's largest annual event, will be held Feb. 23-24 in Arlington, Va.
Redwine, a native of Bellville, was among the select number of juniors and seniors majoring in agricultural-related studies chosen on the basis of an essay on, "Agriculture as a Career," and recommendations from their deans.
"The forum will celebrate USDA's 150th anniversary, giving these students the opportunity to hear former Secretaries of Agriculture describe their vision for the future of agriculture," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
Program officials noted that the finalists include students from land-grant, Hispanic-serving institutions, and American Association of State Colleges of Agriculture and Renewable Resources institutions who are the recipients of corporate and USDA sponsorship aimed at promoting the education of the next generation of agriculturalists.
Titled, "Moving Agriculture Forward," this year's forum continues a long tradition begun by USDA in 1923. One of its goals is to provide an opportunity for speakers and audience alike to engage in discussions that will improve our understanding of the ever-expanding and evolving world of agriculture, said Program Chairman Gerald Bange.
The Agricultural Outlook Forum is sponsored by CHS, Inc.; Farm Credit; USDA's Economic Research Service, Agricultural Research Service, and Natural Resources Conservation Service. The program was launched in 2007 to expose students to a broad range of agricultural disciplines.
Written by Norman Martin
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