Ph.D. student’s trip to DC to discuss agricultural policies

David Riera speaking to fellow members and commissioners at the MANRRS Summit
Photo courtesy David Riera

While students were unwinding from their courses during spring break, Ph.D. student David Riera was in Washington, D.C. speaking to commissioners and directors of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

Riera is a national officer for Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS), and was able to help organize and co-host the organization’s Agriculture Policy Summit in conjunction with the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) Foundation.

During this four-day summit, members of the MANRRS received insight from state department directors, secretaries and commissioners of agriculture to learn more about emerging federal agriculture policies that will make an impact locally.

Riera was thrilled for the opportunity to interact with influential agriculture leaders as the FIU Chapter Florida Representative and Region 2 graduate vice president of MANRRS.

MANRRS gathered with a member of the US Department of Agriculture
Photo courtesy David Riera

“There were so many exciting moments in the summit, but one that really stuck with me was the honor to be the only Hispanic of color in a room of agriculture giants and leaders,” Riera said. “I was proud to engage these fierce and phenomenal leaders on their own terms about topics that matter to me and our community.”

Being a part of the MANRRS chapter at FIU provides students of all majors with the knowledge and experience necessary to succeed in the fields of agriculture, natural resources and related sciences. The chapter presents many opportunities for students interested in internships with governmental and industrial partners and gives back to the South Florida community.

For more information about the the FIU chapter of MANRRS, visit the website here.