(USDA/APHIS) — AgDiscovery is a national summer outreach program designed to introduce students in grades 7-12 to the exciting world of agricultural sciences.
The program is a unique opportunity for students to gain a first-hand view of many fascinating career paths available in the agricultural sciences field, including plant and animal health, wildlife management, biotechnology, environmental science, forestry, entomology, food safety and food production, as well as managing the business aspects of agriculture. AgDiscovery challenges students to consider the importance of American agriculture, and the role USDA plays in this critical mission.
The program educates students about career opportunities within USDA, by stimulating and promoting advanced interest in, and knowledge of agriculturally related fields of study. The program exposes students to the interconnections of agriculture in both rural and urban communities, and the diversity of career opportunities offered in the field of agricultural sciences. Students encounter USDA staff in action, while visiting a variety of USDA facilities, research centers, and farming environments. USDA employees conduct a variety of workshops, classes, and hands-on activities for the students, allowing them to practice innovative and advanced agricultural technologies, and to interact and network with agricultural professionals.
AgDiscovery students also take part in several career development activities organized by APHIS and learn about the training required for various career paths, affording them a realistic view of practical experiences in the field. Additionally, AgDiscovery students gain valuable information and tools to become competitive college applicants.
In 2021, 21 universities are hosting AgDiscovery programs. Decisions will be made by the respective host universities about whether to hold in-person or virtual programs. These decisions will not be made until after the application deadline has passed. Our website has more information: www.aphis.usda.gov/agdiscovery. Please share this link with any students who may be interested in applying.