Tuskegee University student selected for USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum
TUSKEGEE, Ala. (February 17, 2014) – Tuskegee University student Tyler Blocker, a senior environmental science with natural resource management concentration major, has been selected to attend the 2014 USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum Student Diversity Program. The program will be held on Feb. 20-21 in Arlington, Va. at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel. This year’s title for the forum is “Changing the Face of Agriculture” and will feature 20 undergraduate students (juniors and seniors) and 10 graduate students.
The USDA’s Agricultural Outlook Forum is an annual event held with the purpose of exposing college students to real life events and situations within the agriculture industry. According to the official website, topics will include contemporary agribusiness, future trends, scientific research, and agricultural policy.
Undergraduate applicants were given the topic of “Agriculture as a Career;” Blocker’s selection was based on her written response. Blocker will be the only student from Tuskegee University to attend the forum. When asked how she felt about being a representative for the school on a national level, Blocker said: “It is an honor! To see that I’m going to be there representing Tuskegee means a lot to me, not only as an HBCU but as a university. I feel that it is my duty to represent for Tuskegee and show them that no matter whether they go to an HBCU or a Southern school, or anything like that, we have just as much knowledge and passion and drive as any other university or college.”
Walter A. Hill, the university’s provost and dean of the College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences (CAENS), has been a past speaker at the Outlook Forum and said he was proud that Tuskegee University had such a great representative for the event.
“She has a big job ahead of her. We’re proud of her and know that if they have a Tuskegee student or graduate in there, they have hope.”
By: David Nixon, Office of Communications, Public Relations, and Marketing
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