AgDiscovery Program

Last Modified: March 25, 2024
Three female students pose for a photo with an APHIS entomologist and his insect collection.

AgDiscovery is a free summer outreach program to help teenagers explore careers in agricultural sciences. As an AgDiscovery student, you’ll live on a college campus for 2–4 weeks and learn from university professors and USDA experts—plant and animal scientists, biotechnologists, veterinarians, wildlife biologists, administrative professionals, and others.

You’ll gain hands-on experience through labs, workshops, and field trips; participate in character- and team-building activities; and join in many other fun and educational events. It’s a unique chance to get a first-hand look at the many exciting career paths in agriculture.

AgDiscovery Brochure

AgDiscovery Program Offerings

AgDiscovery offers the following programs:

  • Agribusiness focuses on the business aspects of agriculture
  • Animal focuses on animal science and health
  • Combination incorporates animal, plant, and agribusiness disciplines
  • Plant focuses on plant health and science


To be eligible for the AgDiscovery Program, you must: 

  • Meet the university’s grade level requirement (see “Eligible Grades” on the Participating Universities page). This criteria applies to your current grade level.
  • Be available to attend the program in its entirety, including weekends and opening and closing day activities. Please do not apply if you have other commitments (i.e., summer camp, sports activities, summer employment, etc.) which would prevent you from attending the entire program.

AgDiscovery Flyer (176.31 KB)