Release Date: Jan. 25, 2010
Angelo State Ag Student Chosen to Attend USDA Conference
Angelo State University animal business major Ivana Milovanovic has been named one of only 22 college students nationwide invited to attend the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2010 Agricultural Outlook Forum Feb. 18-19 in Arlington, Va.
Milovanovic and the 21 other invitees were chosen based on their essays about “Agriculture as a Career” as part of the Agricultural Outlook Forum Student Diversity Program, as well as recommendations from their college deans. The winners were chosen from institutions throughout the country. Other winning entries came from students at Cornell, Texas A&M, Arkansas State, University of Florida, California State Polytechnic Institution and University of Maryland, among others.
“The USDA’s Outlook Forum offers these students an opportunity to hear government and industry leaders discuss the current economic outlook and describe their vision, policies and direction for agriculture’s future,” said Thomas Vilsack, U.S. agriculture secretary. “We hope this experience will help these young women and men become leaders in the 21st century agriculture economy and address the important issues facing America’s farmers and ranchers.”
The theme of this year’s forum is “Sustainable Agriculture: The Key to Health and Prosperity.” The forum is the USDA’s largest annual event and this year will include presentations by USDA leaders, U.S. Trade Representative Ronald Kirk and speakers from the private sector.
The Student Diversity Program was launched in 2007 by the USDA’s Office of the Chief Economist along with the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to help provide students with a distinctive insight into their agricultural studies. More information on the program, including the list of this year’s winners, is available at www.usda.gov/oce/forum/diversity/diversity_program.htm.