Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently revealed a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) partnership to further farming education by signing a joint memorandum of understanding (MOU) with National Future Farmers of America Organization's CEO Mark Poeschl.
Perdue and Poeschl signed the agreement at the National FFA's State Presidents’ Conference in Washington, D.C., according to an announcement. The two agencies will cooperate on programs for young adults to learn about agriculture, food and natural resources.
The agreement read in part, “The purpose of this MOU is to establish a general framework for cooperation between USDA and FFA … to work together toward the common goals of advancing the public interest through developing a highly prepared workforce for unique careers within the industry of agriculture.”
Poeschl said the organization is preparing young people to be leaders in agriculture.
“Through this MOU, USDA helps us continue our vision of growing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture," Poeschl said in the announcement. "We look forward to our partnership and the ability to share our ideas with USDA.”