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Broomfield, Colorado, December 1, 2021 – Recognizing the value an international experience can have on young leaders, the United Sorghum Checkoff Program (USCP) recently approved a grant to the IFYE Association of the USA, Inc. for $13,060. The funding will be targeted to support a participant in the IFYE international commodity leadership program for the sorghum industry.

The program is designed to immerse participants in international understanding with a focus on agriculture trade relations. Research has shown that those who live internationally and interact with families in those countries have a greater appreciation for cultural diversity. IFYE, formerly known as the International Farm Youth Exchange (IFYE) is a 73-year-old international exchange program for young adults age 19 and above.

The participant will spend time at the U.S. Embassy for a first-hand trade relations experience with USDA Foreign Agriculture Service staff, as well as representatives of the U.S. Grains Council. Opportunities to also meet with in-country government agriculture officials and other country agriculture leaders while living with three to four host families may also be arranged.