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Supporting U.S. agricultural leaders has been a part of Eisenhower Fellowships’ mission since 1993. Each year, EF typically awards one outstanding farmer or rancher with a customized four-to five-week professional experience abroad. USA Agriculture Fellows must be active farmers or ranchers, with a track record of accomplishment and leadership in their field, and the potential for broad, positive impact in the future. 


Given its extensive global network, EF is able to support agricultural programs around the globe. Past Fellows have explored a variety of topics, such as water conservation, soil health, animal husbandry, leadership training and crop rotation in Africa, Europe, South America, Southeast Asia and Australia/New Zealand. Unique to this program is that Agriculture Fellows pursue individually-designed programs focused on their specific topics of interest. 

Typically, Fellows range between 32 and 45 years old at the time of fellowship travel and are active farmers or ranchers (though they may also be involved in other aspects of agriculture, such as policy, training and education, real estate management or related businesses). In addition, they are committed to a lifetime of active leadership in the field of agriculture beyond their own operations. 

Each Fellowship begins with a leadership seminar held alongside one of EF’s international programs – providing each Fellow immediate opportunities to connect with global peers from all professional sectors and fields. USA Agriculture Fellows travel on individual schedules that are arranged according to the local agricultural calendar and their own professional obligations. In partnership with staff at Eisenhower Fellowships and a knowledgeable country coordinator, Fellows help create their own specialized itinerary. The fellowship includes meetings with experts and leaders in the Fellow’s field of interest, cultural visits and local hospitality.


The Fellowship does not end when Fellows return home. Agriculture Fellows have opportunities each year to engage with EF’s active network of global leaders. They are encouraged to collaborate on projects of shared interest, host international Fellows for homestay visits, attend events and conferences organized by EF and its Fellows and help identify future USA Agriculture Fellows.