Ag Discovery Program

A Window into AGNR

Ag Discovery 2022 

Ag Discovery students learn about plants and animals, the importance of protecting America’s food supply from insects and disease, the role of regulation in genetically engineered organisms, and the challenge of managing and resolving wildlife conflicts. 

This 3-week academic program sponsored by the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) Academic Programs and USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Services is a 3-week virtual experience where students discover agricultural science from AGNR faculty, practicing veterinarians, industry representatives, and USDA professionals. 

Participants from all areas of the state and nation have the opportunity to earn 3 hours of university-level course credits through AGNR100, "An Educational Odyssey in Exploring Food, Culture, and the Environment."  Approximately 20% of those who complete Ag Discovery will apply to UMD and be admitted to an AGNR degree program.

The format for the 2022 program is and in-person format.  

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The goal of these programs is for students to identify potential career pathways with USDA, beginning with high school programs like AgDiscovery, internships through the Pathways Program, and full-time positions available after graduation. The Pathways Program offers internships to current college students and recent graduates, in addition to the Presidential Management Fellows Program (PMF).