AMES- Trey Forsyth is one of six students from across the station invited to attend the 2016 Farm Foundation Cultivator forum in Tucson, Arizona January 6-8. Forsyth is a junior majoring in agricultural business at Iowa State University.
“This conference will give me an even better idea of how international trade can impact both agriculture in the U.S. and agricultural economies of countries around the world,” Forsyth said.
Forsyth will present a poster about the essential role cooperatives play in international trade and agriculture.
He conducted research on cooperatives in sub-Saharan Africa through his internship with the Land O’Lakes Global Food Challenge last summer. The research is focused on the impact of cooperatives in helping small farmers play a role in larger markets.
While at the forum he will also get the change to network with industry professionals and tour agricultural sites around Tucson. This meeting is an annual event where leaders from all over North America attend.
The forum meets twice a year with Farm Foundation members and leaders from government, academic, agribusiness and other interest groups to discuss issues and challenges facing rural areas, agriculture and the food system.
In November, Forsyth was elected to serve as the president of the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Student Council and hopes to pursue a career in agricultural policy after graduation.