Brian Gottlob wins spot on national USDA Outlook Forum |

Brian Gottlob wins spot on national USDA Outlook Forum

BROOKINGS, SD – Brian Gottlob, a South Dakota State University junior agricultural education major from Salem, SD, is one of 24 undergraduate students in the U.S. who took part in USDA’s 2011 Agricultural Outlook Forum.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced the 24 students who attended the forum. Gottlob’s honor allows him to take part in the forum, entitled “Today’s Strategies & Tomorrow’s Opportunities.” The event, held Feb. 24-25 in Arlington, VA, is the largest annual event USDA organizes and includes industry leaders from farm organizations, food and fiber firms, academia and foreign governments. Its wealth of speakers includes President Bill Clinton, Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Sec. Vilsack.

Don Marshall, director of academic programs for SDSU’s College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences, recommended Gottlob, whose selection was also based on an essay he wrote addressing agriculture as a career. Gottlob participated in the forum’s “Student Diversity Program” at the event.

Information about the forum, including a complete agenda, is available at:

Gottlob’s winning essay was picked to be among six essays displayed on the USDA’s Web site (available at:

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