AgDiscovery Deadline Extended to March 21

Carol Sanders | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences

Plant inspection exercise during AgDiscoveryThe U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has extended the AgDiscovery application deadline to March 21, said Willie Columbus, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff coordinator.

AgDiscovery is a residential career exploration program for high school students ages 14-17 interested in learning about careers related to protecting plants and animals. Students spend two weeks on the campus of a host university and learn from APHIS professionals and university professors including practicing entomologists, plant pathologists, wildlife biologists and veterinarians. Students also participate in hands-on-labs, workshops and field trips as well as character and team building activities and diversity workshops.

Students selected for the UAPB session June 11-24 pay only the cost of transportation to and from UAPB. Room and board and supplies are covered by APHIS.

Students must submit an application packet postmarked by March 21 directly to Sophia Kirby, USDA-APHIS AgDiscovery Program, Office of Civil Rights, Diversity and Inclusion, 4700 River Road, Unit 92, Suite 6C-04, Riverdale, MD 20737-1234.

Although students submit their application packets directly to APHIS, they select their host university. “It is important that applicants follow directions carefully as APHIS will discard incomplete applications,” said Columbus.

A complete list of host universities, brochures, information and application forms are available on the web at Or, students can contact Columbus at (870) 575-7252 or email


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