March 3, 2023

HACU and USDA Agricultural Export Market Challenge winning team announced

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and the United States Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service have announced the selection of North Carolina A&T State University as the winning team of the Agricultural Export Market Challenge.

The team finalists that presented their solutions to FAS leadership on March 3, 2023, included: California State University, Chico, (California), North Carolina A&T State University, (Greensboro, North Carolina) and St. Mary's University (San Antonio, Texas). The finalists were selected from 16 teams from 15 minority-serving institutions. North Carolina A&T State University will travel to Washington, D.C., to meet with USDA leaders.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Understanding Topic & Analysis:
    • New Mexico State University
    • California State University, Chico
  • Marketing Plan
    • Cal Poly Pomona
    • St. Mary’s University
  • Presentation
    • Kean University (Dr. Vaccaro)
  • One-Pager
    • Alverno College
    • California State University, Fresno

The Agricultural Export Market Challenge is an immersive learning experience using the case study method and role playing to simulate the work that FAS subject matter experts perform every day to increase export opportunities for U.S. food and agricultural products.

The goal of the simulation is to help students accrue knowledge and skills across the disciplines of economics, diplomacy, scientific analysis, marketing, and trade policy. To learn more about the Challenge visit


HACU and USDA announce 16 Minority-Serving Institutions selected for the USDA Agricultural Export Market Challenge