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USDA welcomes new fellows program class

USDA welcomes new fellows program class

By Jamie Martin

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently welcomed the 2024 class of E. Kika De La Garza Fellows. This program aims to build a more diverse agricultural workforce by providing faculty and staff from Hispanic-serving institutions with valuable learning opportunities.

This year's fellows, the largest group yet, will participate in week-long sessions in Washington D.C. They'll meet with USDA leaders, explore national agricultural issues, and gain insights into policymaking and research.

Science fellows will have the additional benefit of collaborating with top scientists at USDA research institutions.

The E. Kika De La Garza program, established in 1998, strengthens ties between the USDA and Hispanic-serving institutions. These institutions serve a significant Hispanic student population and play a key role in developing future generations of agricultural professionals.

This year's program highlights the USDA's commitment to equity and ensuring all communities have access to its resources. By supporting Hispanic-serving institutions, the USDA is fostering a more diverse and inclusive agricultural sector.

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