Farm Credit Council is expanding its internship program aimed at students of Historically Black Colleges and Universities to also include members of the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences at other institutions.

Farm Credit first announced its Launching Leaders program in 2020 and has since had 37 participants from HBCUs. Participating students receive a $3,500 stipend on top of any other wages that might be received as part of the internship. The program, Farm Credit noted in a release, hopes to “both attract students to choose Farm Credit internships and help remove cost as a barrier.“

MANRRS COO Ebony Weber noted the expanded partnership will open the program’s reach to a broader array of the organization’s membership, “including at Hispanic serving institutions.”

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“Farm Credit is committed to creating opportunities for people of color in agriculture and fostering a more diverse, inclusive and equitable workforce,” Todd Van Hoose, Farm Credit’s president and CEO, said in a statement. “We are proud to expand our partnership with MANRRS, the nation’s premier organization building the next generation of diverse agriculture leaders, and to support these talented students from MANRRS chapters across the nation.” 

The stipend is available to interns working at any Farm Credit institution across all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

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