The United Methodist Minnesota Annual Conference initiated Project AgGrad in response to a 1983 Council of Bishops' letter asking for responsible, targeted programs to meet the increasing demands of world hunger.  So far, the program has provided fellowships for six African students to study agriculture at the University of Minnesota.  Now they have assumed leadership roles in their homelands, where they teach, mentor, and conduct research.

 
(From left to right)  Bruce Ough, resident bishop of the Dakotas-Minnesota Area of the United Methodist Church; Sama Ao, current Project AgGrad student; Eric Forsber, chair of the Project AgGrad Committee.

(From left to right)  Bruce Ough, resident bishop of the Dakotas-Minnesota Area of the United Methodist Church; Sama Ao, current Project AgGrad student; Eric Forsber, chair of the Project AgGrad Committee.