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Apply Today: 2018 AgDiscovery!

2018 USDA AgDiscovery is a FREE summer outreach program to help teenagers explore careers in agriculture and natural sciences.Ag Discovery is a FREE summer outreach program to help teenagers explore careers in plant and animal science, wildlife management, agribusiness, and much more! The program allows students to live on a college campus and learn about agriculture from university professors, scientists, and administrative professionals who work for the U.S. Government in a variety of fields. They study the life cycles and habits of insects (entomologists); research micro-organisms, such as bacteria and viruses (biotechnologists); examine cells and tissues under a microscope to identify diseases (plant pathologists); work to conserve and manage wild animals and their habitats (wildlife biologists); carry out animal health programs (veterinarians); provide education on the humane care and treatment of animals (veterinarians and animal care inspectors); and manage the business aspects of protecting plants and animals (agribusiness).

This 2- to 4-week summer outreach program for 2017 targets middle and high school students who are interested in learning more about plants, animals, and agribusiness. Students chosen to participate in Ag Discovery will gain experience through hands-on labs, workshops, and field trips. Students will also participate in character- and team-building activities and a variety of other events.

Ag Discovery is sponsored by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), in partnership with 22 universities and colleges throughout the country, including the University of the Virgin Islands. Visit for information on how to apply. Applications are due March 12, 2018.


Agriculture and Natural Resources Education & Career Links

San Sebastian Soil Conservationist, Javier Torres, describes conservation practices to Unversity of Puerto Rico students during an Earth Day farm visit.