Preparing Today’s Scientific Workforce to Address the Food & Agriculture Challenges of Tomorrow: A FFAR Strategy Update & Student Fellowship Panel Discussion Webinar

11:00 am - 12:00 pm ET


Addressing the accelerating and unprecedented global challenges faced by the U.S. food and agricultural enterprise requires a dynamic and highly skilled scientific workforce. Moreover, developing a diverse and inclusive workforce is critical to drive innovation, foster creative solutions and lead pioneering science.

As part of the FFAR’s 10-year anniversary webinar series, this webinar featured FFAR Scientific Program Director Dr. LaKisha Odom and Tribal Agriculture Fellowship (TAF) Executive Director Nicole DeVon, along with select TAF student fellows, as they discussed the importance of scientific workforce development in the food and agriculture industry.

Unveiling FFAR’s First Scientific Workforce Development Strategy

Odom shared how FFAR’s Scientific Workforce Development Priority Area fits into FFAR’s new research strategy. She presented FFAR’s Scientific Workforce Development Strategy and outlined how FFAR is developing dynamic programs supported through public-private partnerships that expand the talent pool, attract new talent and retain existing talent within the food and agriculture research industry.

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Training Future Food & Agriculture Leaders

DeVon provided an overview of TAF, which is co-funded by FFAR and established to create opportunities for students to advance their education in agriculture, increase specialized knowledge, and preserve and promote the legacy of agriculture in tribal communities. Lastly, the webinar featured a panel discussion with select TAF fellows describing how the program has impacted their education and future careers.

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