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AgDiscovery - How Do I Apply?

Applications for the 2022 AgDiscovery program must be submitted online.  The deadline to submit an application is March 31, 2022 at midnight Eastern Time. PLEASE APPLY EARLY!  You will be notified by the university the week of May 2, 2022 if you have been selected to participate.  Non-selected applicants will receive a letter in the mail at the end of May.

Applications acceptance for AgDiscovery 2022 has closed.

Applicants can only apply to one AgDiscovery program each year. The programs are categorized in three areas of discipline: agribusiness, animal, and combination. Applicants cannot repeat participation within the same discipline. For example, if a student has previously attended a program in the animal area of discipline, he or she is only eligible to participate in a program in one of the two remaining disciplines (agribusiness or combination).

You will need all the forms listed below in order to complete your application. Click on the links to the forms below and once you have completed them, you will need to upload and submit them with your online application:  

  1. Parental Release Form (signed by the parent/guardian)

  2. Student Contract (signed by the applicant) 

  3. Two-page essay entitled, “Why I Want to Attend the AgDiscovery Program and What I Want to Learn”.  Include your name, address and email address on the first page of the essay. Include information about your interests and hobbies, as well as describe any agricultural science-related courses you have taken, as well as any extracurricular or volunteer activities you have participated in related to agriculture, plant, animal, biological, or veterinary science.

  4. Three Letters of Recommendation from people not related to you who know you well.  At least one of the recommendations must come from a teacher, counselor, or school administrator.

For Additional Information

Send an email to agdiscovery@usda.gov or you may call (301) 851-4199.

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