Our Programs
Empowering future leaders through experiential learning



This initiative will provide student leaders the opportunity to actively promote MANRRS to stakeholders on university campuses and beyond. This program allows students to have novel interactions throughout the year, furthering their personal and professional development.


Applications are currently closed. Please check back next spring for our 22025-2026 application.



2024 Gate to Plate

Gate to Plate (G2P) is designed to provide students in the program with an exploratory experience in the beef supply chain.  During this five-day immersive program students will explore beef production, a beef cattle finishing operation, beef processing, food service, and market tour with industry leaders and members of the participating organizations.  

The program will be held May 19-24th, 2024 in Fort Worth, Texas!

If you are interested in participating in the program Sign-up Today! There is no cost to sign-up and if you are selected to attend the program you will complete the registration process. Sign-ups will close on February 7, 2024!  The program will be selecting students from universities in MANRRS Region IV, with a focus on 2nd year undergraduate students transitioning to 3rd year.   No restrictions on majors, but students selected must have an interest in careers in the beef industry.

Gate to Plate will include the following for individuals selected to attend:

  • $25 registration fee
  • All meals and transportation during the event
  • Lodging in the historic downtown Fort Worth, Texas

The only costs to the attendee are the $25 fee and transportation to the event. You must be able to get yourself to Fort Worth, Texas.


Animal Health and Care Academy

The Animal Health and Animal Care Academy is a professional development, career development, and educational immersive experience designed to expose students to traditional and non-traditional (non-veterinary) careers and professional mentors.


This application is currently closed and will reopen in the Fall of 2024!




MANRRS/NASDA Ag Policy Summit

The MANRRS/NASDA Foundation Ag Policy Summit introduces students to major policies that lead and impact the food and agriculture industry. Selected Fellows learn how trade associations help shape policy, how federal agencies execute and implement policy, and learn how they can advocate for agricultural-related issues relevant to their interests. 

The application period for this event is currently closed, but don't worry! We will be reopening it next fall. If you have already submitted an application, please be patient as we will be reaching out to you within the next couple of weeks. Thank you for your understanding and support!



L.E.A.D - Mentoring Program

The program is designed to develop emerging leaders for future and current leadership and management roles within Agribusiness and increase the retention of those committed to working in these roles. The program also addresses career preparation by optimizing cross-sector collaborations that focus on identifying and nurturing high potential leaders of diverse backgrounds and developing them into high achievers and responsible leaders. 


Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

The BLM offers internships that provide young people and veterans with jobs and job training opportunities in local communities. These internships help to support American families and build strong economies while keeping public lands healthy and productive. Working individually or as part of a team or crew, BLM interns participate in the shared stewardship of public lands - building trails and enhancing recreational facilities, restoring habitat damaged by wildland fire, and supporting BLM's multiple-use mission. 

Applications are currently closed. 


2024 Farm Bureau Fellowship Program

American Farm Bureau Federation is excited to offer a fellowship program for MANRRS student members to attend its national leadership conference.


Applications are now closed!

Resource Assistants Program

Resource Assistants help the Forest Service accomplish mission-critical work as they work to attract and retain a diverse and inclusive workforce. The Resource Assistants Program is designed for emerging professionals to launch their natural and cultural resources careers.  RA's will receive PAID hands-on learning experience, mentorship, coaching to complete mission-critical work while developing leadership, critical thinking, and strategic communication skills.


2025 Farm Bureau Fellowship Program

American Farm Bureau Federation® is excited to offer a fellowship program for MANRRS collegiate members to attend its national leadership conference.

- Active MANRRS collegiate student member
- Minimum GPA of 2.8
- Must be able to participate fully in the events listed under the timeline
- Current and former members of the American Farm Bureau Federation committees and staff of Farm Bureau
and/or affiliated companies are not eligible to apply
- Previous Farm Bureau Fellows are not eligible to reapply

Join us in Denver, CO, March 7-10, 2025, for FUSION Conference!

Apply by 5:00 p.m. EST on November 14, 2024.

Apply Today!

Professional Development Series

Join leading experts in natural resources, conservation, agriculture, and related STEM sciences as they share insights to help you develop your professional career! Participants who attend each session will receive a certificate. 


Directorate Resource Assistant Fellows Program (DFP)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is partnering with Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF), Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS), and Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (DDCSP) to implement their 2024 Directorate Fellows Program.

What is DFP?

DFP is a special hiring program the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) uses to diversify their workforce. FWS measures DFP’s success by how well they attract students to a summer Fellowship and convert them to full-time, permanent positions. Their goal is to hire all Fellows into permanent employment.

Applications are currently closed.

Junior MANRRS AgDiscovery Research Programs

The AgriTREK/SciTREK Summer Institute and AgDiscovery Summer Program are two-week residential programs held at various 1862 and 1890 institutions that create an awareness of the educational opportunities that are available in Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture, and Mathematics (STEAM) and related areas through hands-on research, leadership development, and personal enrichment activities.

Though similar in their mission and goals, these two programs represent two distinct opportunities for individuals interested in learning more about agriculture and related careers. 

More info coming soon

Junior MANRRS Leadership Institutes

The Junior MANRRS Leadership Institute is a program designed to engage underrepresented middle and high school students and promote diversity within careers in agriculture, natural resources and other related STEM disciplines at an earlier age and introduce them to corporate and federal partners. In MANRRS, these programs are coordinated with MANRRS Affiliate Partners and Collegiate Chapters – Colleges of Agricultural and Natural Sciences. The objectives for Junior MANRRS are to:

  • Increase high school graduation rates for minority students in the Junior MANRRS umbrella
  • Increase college enrollment rates for MD students through direct exposure to the land-grant system and mentorship opportunities via collegiate MANRRS members
  • Dispel the "myths of agriculture"
  • Improve diversity in underrepresented areas of agriculture and related sciences.
  • Expose underrepresented high school students to important "soft skills" (i.e. leadership, public speaking, professionalism etc.)
  • Expose underrepresented high school students to applied research and give them an opportunity to present at regional and national conferences.

More info coming soon

Junior MANRRS Agriventure Camp

Junior MANRRS is excited to launch our inaugural Summer Camp on the campus of the University of Georgia. This week-long immersive summer camp will be dynamic for students who are selected. Students will have the opportunity to spend time exploring hands-on activities, becoming abreast with Junior MANRRS, networking, and having fun engaging with other students from around the country. 


Applications CLOSED!


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