USDA conference an eye-opener for graduate student

Jose Perez - C-SPAN

On February 22, Jose Luis Perez took a trip that helped him meet professionals in his chosen career and reinforced his feeling that he was headed in the right direction.

Perez says he got “the feel of how stuff works in Washington.” For example, he unexpectedly found himself being filmed for television while asking a question during a panel discussion.

“I got up and suddenly see cameras pointed at me,” Perez says. “I came up on CSPAN.”

Perez asked the panel about the future of agricultural research. In recent years the United States has seen cuts in agricultural research funding.

“What does the future look like for young professionals such as me?” Perez asked. “Will the money and opportunities keep on shrinking?”

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