On March 14 the USDA joins the nation in celebrating National Ag Day, which highlights agriculture’s crucial role in everyday life and honors the farmers, foresters, scientists, producers and many others who contribute to America’s bountiful harvest. As part of this effort, USDA is launching a new Youth and Agriculture website to connect young people and youth-serving organizations with Department-wide resources that engage, empower and educate the next generation of agricultural leaders.

“The future of agriculture in America depends on the investment and involvement of America’s young people,” said Deputy Secretary Stephen Censky. “Connecting with America’s youth on National Ag Day is a tremendous opportunity to show that careers in farming, the agricultural sciences and veterinary medicine are rewarding, essential and profitable.”

The USDA Youth and Agriculture website features three key components of agriculture-focused youth engagement — classroom studies, experiential learning and leadership training. Educators can find ways to include agriculture in the classroom and beyond. Young people can learn about USDA summer outreach programs, youth loans for business projects and outdoor volunteering. Community leaders can get tips on starting leadership development clubs and education programs.

For more information, read this USDA news release online.

Source: USDA news release