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Prospect native attends Arkansas Agriculture Summit for Native Youth

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Karli Moore of Prospect recently attended the second annual Native Youth in Food and Agriculture Summer Leadership Summit at the University of Arkansas.

The summit was held July 19-28.

Moore was one of 84 high school and college students from 47 American Indian and Alaska Native tribes from across the country selected to attend the summit. They participated in classes on risk management, finance and business, marketing and legal issues.

“The Leadership Summit will provide a pipeline of support for building the next generation of Indian Country’s food and agriculture leaders,” said Janie Hipp, director of the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative.

“This long needed program will expose youth to the role governments play in American Indian agriculture,” said Ross Racine, executive director of the Intertribal Agriculture Council.

Moore also attended the summit in 2014. This year, she was selected as a student leader and led a group of 10 students.

“I'm incredibly thankful to the University of Arkansas School of Law for investing in Native youth,” Moore said. “The summit is transformational for all participants; we come from varied walks of life, but find a sense of purpose through advancing our communities with agriculture.”

Moore is a senior at N.C. State University. She is a double major in chemistry and agricultural business management. She is the daughter of Eddie and Tyra Moore of Prospect. Moore is a 2012 graduate of Purnell Swett High. She has two brothers, Lee and Belton, and a sister, Lenora.

Moore is a Park Scholar and Udall Scholar at NC State. She serves a student body treasurer and president of Alpha Pi Omega Sorority. She is a member of the Cultural Exchange Network Leadership Council, NC State Powwow Committee, University Scholars Program and American Indian Science and Engineering Society.

“I plan to continue my studies into graduate school and pursue a PhD in agricultural economics,” she said. “The summit was a large part of my decision making process and I know that the people in the program will be there to support me along this journey.”

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