Miami Dade College Student Bryan Gutierrez Selected for the USDA’s Prestigious Agricultural Outlook Forum Student Diversity Program
Miami, March 10, 2014 -
Recognized as one of the best young leaders in the nation, Miami Dade College (MDC) student Bryan Gutierrez was selected to attend the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) 2014 Agricultural Outlook Forum Student Diversity Program. Recently held in Arlington, Va., the Diversity Program is designed to introduce students to contemporary agribusiness, future trends, scientific research, and agricultural policy in today's real world environment. Gutierrez joins past MDC participants in the renowned program.
A biotechnology major, Gutierrez said the Diversity Program provided many useful ideas and tools needed to accomplish his goals of specializing in sustainable agriculture with the use of aeroponics and hydroponics.
“My dreams are to start a successful tech-start up that develops modular aeroponic growing systems to replace industrial farming methods and to provide solutions for and make an impact on our ever growing need for more sustainable methods of providing for ourselves while doing the least harm to our environment,” he said.
“The USDA program provided Bryan with a wealth of information that he will be able to apply to his future endeavors,” said Dr. José A. Vicente, president of the Wolfson Campus. “MDC students are eager for knowledge and opportunities in their prospective industries and this prestigious forum presents an opportunity to further cultivate and promote student learning and exposure to the field of agriculture and the sciences overall.”
Students selected for the program are from land-grant, Hispanic-serving, and non-land-grant agricultural and renewable resources universities. Since the program's start in 2007, annual sponsorship has been provided by CHS, Inc. and Farm Credit. USDA's Economic Research Service, Agricultural Research Service, and Natural Resources Conservation Service also provide support.
"The future of agriculture and rural America depends on the upcoming generation of leaders in farming, ranching and conservation, and the students selected to attend the Agricultural Outlook Forum are among the best young leaders our country has to offer," said the USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. "Participating in the Agricultural Outlook Forum will expose these students to a variety of perspectives on this country's most pressing agricultural challenges and lay the groundwork for bright futures in food, fiber and forestry.”
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