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Lincoln university excels at ARD research symposium

Lincoln university excels at ARD research symposium


By Blake Jackson

Lincoln University (LU) made a strong showing at the recent 21st ARD Research Symposium, a major event for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) focused on agriculture. Held in Nashville, Tennessee, the symposium brought together over 1,500 attendees for research presentations, collaboration, and discussions on critical issues in food and agriculture.

LU sent a contingent of 17 undergraduate and 23 graduate students, many of whom received recognition for their research posters. The theme of the symposium – "Cultivating the Next Generation of Agriculture Leaders" – resonated with LU's focus on student engagement.

Four LU students stood out with award-winning posters. Abby Sweezer (agricultural education) investigated the link between early exposure to agriculture and career choices. Layla White (animal science) explored how Agriculture Literacy Labs foster student engagement.

MyRiah McCabe (agricultural education) examined the impact of FFA involvement on students' decisions about higher education and agricultural careers. Poonam Karki (sustainable agriculture) presented research on using cover crops to improve soil health in organic vegetable production.

LU faculty and staff also participated in the symposium, contributing research that aligns with ARD's mission of addressing challenges in food and agriculture, especially for underserved communities. The symposium highlighted the vibrant research community within 1890 land-grant HBCUs and LU's role in advancing agricultural education and research.

Through their participation and achievements, LU students and faculty demonstrated their commitment to leadership and innovation in agriculture, contributing to the symposium's goal of cultivating the next generation of agricultural leaders.

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