The Department of Agriculture has announced an initiative to partner with Midwestern community colleges to support rural students.

Working with the Community College Alliance for Agriculture Advancement, USDA is providing resources to community college students to help them advance in careers in agriculture and rural economic development.

“USDA works with rural communities to make sure people everywhere have the resources they need to access quality education and good-paying jobs,” Acting Undersecretary for Rural Development Roger Glendenning said. “That’s why we are finding new ways to work with our partners to ensure students have the tools they need to succeed in their coursework today so that they can thrive in their careers tomorrow.” 

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A memorandum of understanding with the community college group says USDA Rural Development will help rural students access agency internships and networking opportunities. 

Additionally, USDA can contribute resources and information for agriculture and rural economic development curricula.

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