Agri-Science Education for the 21st Century

Conference Description

The conference provides a platform for the education leaders, agency professionals and students to share best practices in current teaching, research, and workforce development relating to food and agriculture. The conference’s goal is to promote student diversity, access and success in higher education and career placement. The conference will feature special activities and sessions on:

• Best practices in student research and experiential learning
• Innovative STEM-Agriculture education
• Breaking the barriers for minority students’ access and success
• Career placement in USDA, other federal, state and local agencies, and agriculture industry
• Innovative instructional technology

The general program will begin on 19th Wednesday evening with an opening reception. Thursday morning program will begin with a Keynote address by Dr. Muquarrab A. Qureshi, (Deputy Director, USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Institute of Youth, Family, and Community) followed by focused parallel sessions, exhibits, poster sessions, student competitions, and professional networking sessions. The breakout sessions will include two tracks: student research and career experience and innovative teaching methods for educators. Exclusive career development sessions will be held for students by USDA and other agency professionals during the two-day conference. There will be student competitions on poster and oral presentations. Friday evening will feature a closing award ceremony and banquet. Come and share your experiences and knowledge, network with fellow students and colleagues across the country, and learn about new and innovative research and teaching projects at the poster and exhibit sessions. On Saturday, delegates will have the opportunity to take part in optional local area visits, including an airboat trip to the Everglades National Park, wildlife show, gator farms, local agricultural farms and research stations.

Conference Co-Chairs: Dr. Krish Jayachandran and Dr. Mahadev Bhat

Sponsor: USDA NIFA Hispanic-Serving Institutions Higher Education Grant Program


November 19 - November 22, 2014


Mayfair Hotel & Spa: 3000 Florida Ave, Miami, FL 33133

If you fly to Miami International Airport (MIA), taxi rides are about $30 each way. If you fly to Ft. Lauderdale Airport (FLL) the distance is much farther (40min-2hours depending on traffic) and you can expect to pay about $80+ in cab fare.


There is no cost for the conference; however, space for the Award Luncheon will be limited to 200 guests. Other meals will not be provided unless otherwise specified.

Tour Cost

Everglades: Transportation will be provided. Participants will need to bring $25 for entrance fees as well as an additional $10-30 for lunch at the Café Hammock located at Miccosukee Resort & Gaming.

Tropical Gardens: Transportation will be provided. Participants will need to bring $10-25 for lunch at an establishment located at the Shops at Sunset Place.

Redlands Farms: Transportation will be provided. Participants will need to bring $13 for a special surprise lunch.


A block of rooms at the Mayfair Hotel & Spa have been reserved at a special rate starting at $140 (plus 13% tax) for conference attendants. We highly encourage everyone to stay here due to extreme traffic congestion in Miami. Please book early to secure availability!!

Conference participants need to make arrangements directly. Please visit Mayfair Hotel and Spa and provide the conference code agriscience conference to obtain special rate. Conference participants are responsible for transportation to the hotel. The best methods are by group taxi or Super Shuttle. For more information, please see the Accommodations tab to the left.


Please register on site.

Abstract Submission and Guidelines

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Abstracts should be submitted to by Tuesday October 21st, 2014.