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Updated: 1/29 10:16 am
WASHINGTON (WTVA) -- A Mississippi State University graduate student will be recognized at the USDA's 2014 Agricultural Outlook Forum in February.

The Agricultural Outlook Forum was designed to introduce students to contemporary agribusiness, future trends, scientific research and agricultural policy in today's environment.

MSU's Sherry Blackmon was one of 10 graduate students in the nation selected for their essay responses to "The Greatest Challenge Facing Agriculture over the Next Five Years."

"The future of agriculture and rural America depends on the upcoming generation of leaders in farming, ranching and conservation, and the students selected to attend the Agricultural Outlook Forum are among the best young leaders our country has to offer," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "Participating in the Agricultural Outlook Forum will expose these students to a variety of perspectives on this country's most pressing agricultural challenges and lay the groundwork for bright futures in food, fiber and forestry."

Vilsack said the graduate students and 20 undergraduates will attend the forum titled, "The Changing Face of Agriculture," from Feb. 20- 21, 2014, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Va.

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