Growing a Vision

Norman Borlaug Youth in Agriculture Program
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Global Issues
Food Insecurity, Food and Fiber Production Challenges

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Today's Environment
Science, Policy, Cultural Change Ethics

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Next Generation of Leaders
Find your voice, develop leadership skills, address challenges of the future


Key Program Highlights

Texas is home to 7 of the 15 fastest-growing cities in the nation, with a population explosion of 48 percent.* This unprecedented population has expanded the rural and urban communities to collide. The need to encourage collaborative relationships in these communities and create the next generation of leaders between rural and urban youth leaders.

Program Details & Mission:

Opportunity to serve, inspire and change

Our program is designed to help youth realize their potential and the impact they will have on the future of our country and world. Students will learn first-hand about the needs of urban and rural communities of Texas and the critical role food and fiber play. In addition, you will learn valuable civic, social and leadership skills. Annually, 50 students from across the state of Texas will converge for a multi-faceted hands-on educational experience. Students will be able to create projects impacting their communities and future generations while growing as leaders and forging meaningful connections through the three sessions.

Session 1: Planting Season - November 1-3, 2024; College Station, TX

Session 2: Growing Season - March 7-9, 2025; Houston, TX

Session 3: Harvest Season - May 2-4, 2025; College Station, TX



Application Process

To become a Norman Borlaug Youth in Agriculture Program participant, you must:

  • Be a Texas resident
  • Currently be a high school student (9-12 grades)
  • Be a student in good standing academically
  • Be able to participate in three interactive sessions November 1-3, 2024, March 7-9, 2025 and May 2-4, 2025 in College Station, Texas.
  • Live in Harris County or be a Texas 4-H State Council member or a Texas 4-H Ambassador that lives in a town with a population of 50,000 or less.
  • Complete online application

Frequently Asked Questions


Norman Borlaug Youth in Agriculture Program

Embracing our past. Engaging our present. Defining our future

The Norman Borlaug Youth in Agriculture Program is an academic enrichment program for outstanding high school students from around Texas. We are committed to advancing a community of promising youth leaders to confront complex challenges in our state. Texas A&M University staff will support students through a multi-faceted educational strategy, paired with instilling proven professional habits; positively impacting the trajectory of the next generation of leaders.

Texans from both urban and rural areas have a powerful story to tell. Both stories are most effectively told through hands-on, experiential learning and face-to-face engagements. This experience pursues to immerse urban and rural youth to solve complex challenges in our state, requiring leaders from both backgrounds to deliver solutions.

Program Outcomes 

1. The program will serve as a connection point for agricultural conservation, artistic expression, cultural understanding and advocacy education. Constructive networks will be developed to transcend socioeconomic, regional, and urban and rural backgrounds.

2. Enlighten urban and rural youth leaders on the importance of agriculture through exposure to the Dr. Norman Borlaug spirit in agricultural education, experiential learning and artistic expression. Thus, creating agricultural advocates in rural and urban Texas.

3. Youth leaders from rural Texas will gain critical insight into urban culture and needs while building constructive relationships with their urban counterparts. Students will gain collaborative skills by participating in challenging learning environments

Dr. Norman Borlaug

Dr. Norman Borlaug was a visionary, change-maker and Nobel Peace Prize winner who laid the groundwork for agricultural technological advances to alleviate world hunger. He challenged the world with his vision and fortitude to feed a hungry world.

“Without food, man can live at most but a few weeks; without it, all other components of social justice are meaningless.” - Dr. Norman Borlaug

NBYAP Program Sponsors

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Growing Season Sponsor
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Harvest Season Sponsor
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Planting Season Sponsor


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THE MEMBERS OF TEXAS A&M AGRILIFE WILL PROVIDE EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES IN PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES, EDUCATION, AND EMPLOYMENT TO ALL PERSONAL REGARDLESS OF RACE, SEX, RELIGION, NATIONAL ORIGIN, AGE, DISABILITY, GENETIC INFORMATION, VETERAN STATUS, SEXUAL ORIENTATION OR GENDER IDENTITY AND WILL STRIVE TO ACHIEVE FULL AND EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY THROUGHOUT TEXAS A&M AGRILLIFE.

*(Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute, 2019)