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Jabril Wright chosen for USDA diversity program

Jabril-Wright-USDA.jpgGREENSBORO, N.C. (March 5, 2018) – North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University junior Jabril Wright, an Orangeburg, South Carolina native, recently traveled to Washington, D.C., thanks to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Student Diversity Program. Wright is majoring in agricultural and environmental systems with a concentration in environmental studies in N.C. A&T’s College of Agriculture and Environmental Studies.

The Student Diversity Program provided participants a weeklong trip to Washington capped by their attendance at the Agricultural Outlook Forum, the USDA’s largest annual meeting. Now in its 11th year, the program gave undergraduate and graduate students real-world learning opportunities in contemporary agribusiness, scientific research and agricultural policy.

“The Diversity Summit was definitely an eye-opening and life-changing experience,” Wright said. “I am grateful to have gotten the opportunity to attend the Agricultural Outlook Forum.”

Thirty students from land-grant universities, Hispanic-serving institutions and non-land-grant colleges of agriculture were selected for the program based on their essays about agricultural careers and challenges.

“I believe that conserving our natural resources today means preserving resources for our future generations,” Wright wrote in his essay. “From restoring wildlife habitats to helping farmers maximize their resources, I am passionate about learning new ways to reduce our ecological footprint to make sure we have a sustainable future. I want to leave my mark on the world by doing my part to bring balance to the environment through conservation and restoration.”

After he completes his bachelor’s degree, Wright hopes to work for the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service while attending graduate school at N.C. A&T. He plans to continue working for the Natural Resources Conservation Service long term.