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The NASDA Foundation partnered with MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences) to host the Agriculture Policy Summit, a conference that teaches college students about federal agriculture policy. Eleven undergraduate and graduate students came to Washington, DC and spent one day at USDA and one day at the 2020 NASDA Winter Policy Conference learning about organizations and federal agencies that influence and administer agricultural policy.

“We are excited to partner with MANRRS to bring the next generation of agricultural leaders to Washington, DC,” said Dr. Lisa Benson, Executive Director of NASDA Foundation. “This was a great opportunity for students to meet the agriculture leaders in their state and learn about a whole host of careers at state departments of agriculture that they might not have considered before.”

Students met the agriculture commissioners, directors and secretaries from their state and learned about the roles of state departments of agriculture in advocating for sound federal policy.


NASDA Foundation is the only educational and research organization that directly serves state departments of agriculture in all 50 states and four U.S. territories. The Foundation focuses on education, outreach and research that galvanize the agricultural industry. NASDA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Relates Sciences (MANRRS) mission is to promote academic excellence, scholarship, professional and career development by empowering minorities in agriculture, natural resources and related sciences.

NASDA CEO Barb Glen and the MANRRS students
Commissioner Jewel Bronaugh, Secretary Jeff Witte, Director Alexis Taylor, and Deputy Secretary Fred Strathmeyer meet the MANRRS student team.
Tennessee Commissioner Charlie Hatcher and Emmanuel Wallace, undergraduate student from Tennessee State University