Mentorship program: Equipping next gen ag and conservation professionals
Are you a graduate student interested in pursuing a career in agricultural conservation?
Are you committed to environmental sustainability and social justice?
Are you passionate about reaching underserved farmers?
We are faced with the complex challenge of nourishing people while also nurturing the land that sustains us. The next generation of agricultural and conservation professionals will need to envision, embrace, and effectuate landscape-scale transformation to truly set us on the path of agricultural sustainability. This challenge requires us to fully and authentically leverage our diversity. Diversity leads to resilience in both ecological and human systems. Human diversity and diverse agricultural landscapes are not independent of one another: We must embrace them BOTH simultaneously.
This mentorship program focuses on students of color and offers rich opportunities to connect and be in community with incredible mentors, farmers, and trainers, representing diverse ag communities across the Upper Midwest.
Engage with the grounded wisdom of experts in the field, deepen your awareness, and build your resume! The program includes:
- A professional mentor for a series of 1:1 meetings
- Farm tours led by farmers of color
- A virtual training series and Q&A sessions with ag professionals
- Regenerative ag conference attendance options
- Science communication training and access to a professional communication coach/ editor – come away with a polished outreach product!
- $1,000 stipend at program completion
This program is funded by a 2022 Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Equity Conservation Agreement.
USDA is an equal opportunity employer, provider and lender.