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MDC Student Wins USDA Essay Contest, Trip to Top Industry Forum


Rose Jean-Mary, MDC Biology major

Miami, February 14, 2013 - Miami Dade College (MDC) students continue to shine at the national level. Biology major Rose Jean-Mary was recently chosen among a few college juniors and seniors nationwide, to attend the prestigious United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) 2013 Agricultural Outlook Forum. This marks the second time an MDC student was chosen for the Forum and brings great pride and honor to the college.

Jean-Mary wrote a shining essay as part of the USDA’s contest on "Agriculture as a Career." The sophomore earned her Associate in Arts degree from MDC in the spring of 2012 and is now working toward her Bachelor of Science in biological science at MDC’s north campus.

“Our institution is both proudly and responsibly growing the scientists of tomorrow.  MDC offers robust programs of study in the STEM fields, both at the associate and bachelor degree levels. We consistently support our students in participating in career enrichment programs such as the one presented by the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) 2013 Agricultural Outlook Forum,” says MDC North Campus President Dr. Jose A. Vicente.

 The Forum will be held Feb. 21- 22, 2013, in Arlington, Va. The winning students, each hailing from Hispanic-serving colleges, such as MDC, received assistance from USDA and corporate sponsors in order to attend. MDC is also among the American Association of State Colleges of Agriculture and Renewable Resources Institutions from which the honorees were selected.

The USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum Student Diversity Program is designed to expose students to contemporary agribusiness, future trends, scientific research, and agricultural policy in today's real world environment.

Jean-Mary is in great company, as she will join other awardees from top institutions, such as the University of Arizona, the University of Maryland, California State University, North Carolina A&T, San Diego State University, the University of Wyoming and others.

 “In the years ahead, a new generation of food and agricultural professionals will play a key role in solving the major challenges before us," said U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "The Outlook Forum will give these students the chance to hear from leading government and industry voices on a broad range of topics, opening and expanding their opportunities to excel in agriculture-related fields."

The USDA's Office of the Chief Economist and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture launched the program in 2007 with support from CHS Inc. and Farm Credit. Sponsoring corporations and USDA agencies include: CHS, Inc. and Farm Credit; USDA's Agricultural Research Service, Economic Research Service, and Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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