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Apply Today: 2019 AgDiscovery!

2019 USDA AgDiscovery is a FREE summer outreach program to help teenagers explore careers in agriculture and natural sciences.AgDiscovery 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 2019 targets middle and high school students who are interested in learning more about plants, animals, and agribusiness. Students chosen to participate in AgDiscovery 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 20 universities and colleges throughout the country, including the University of the Virgin Islands. There is NO COST to attend the AgDiscovery 2019 summer program. Tuition, room and board, lab supplies, meals, and activity fees will be covered by APHIS. Students selected for the program are only responsible for costs that may be associated with traveling to the university campus on opening day and returning home at the conclusion of the program on closing day. Visit for information on how to apply. Applications are due March 15, 2019.

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