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A Kentucky State University (KSU) undergraduate student will highlight a youth agriculture program at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women event in New York City in March. Hundreds of female delegates attend the two-week annual event that celebrates girls in agriculture.

Trevor Claiborn, a senior in the College of Agriculture, Food Science, and Sustainable Systems, invented the fictional rapping Farmer Brown Tha MC to increase interest in agriculture among young people. Farmer Brown will perform at the UN event to help educate young girls about agriculture education and potential careers in agricultural and related sciences.

“We are thankful for the occasion to visit the United Nations and to perform at a UN Parallel Event,” Claiborn said. “It is my hope that Farmer Brown can help get young people interested in agriculture and help open their minds to possibilities for their futures.”

Farmer Brown has a series of rap videos and performances teaching young people between kindergarten and 8th grade on subjects ranging from agriculture and the environment to nutrition, water quality, and agriculture careers. Claiborn, who also works for KSU’s Land Grant Program as a farm technician and an assistant in the Cooperative Extension Program, partners with the University to help promote agriculture education across the state and to encourage young people to think about where their food comes from.

Claiborn’s performance will be accompanied by the Leading Ladies, a Lexington girls’ dance troupe.

Patricia-Devine Muhammad, a delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women session, nominated the group to perform at the UN event.

To learn more about Farmer Brown Tha MC, visit www.farmerbrownthamc.com.


Kentucky State University, building on its legacy of achievement as a historically black, liberal arts, and 1890 Land Grant University affords access to and prepares a diverse population of traditional and non-traditional students through high-quality undergraduate and select graduate programs. Located in Kentucky, KSU offers associate (two-year) degrees in two disciplines, baccalaureate (four-year) degrees in 24 disciplines, master’s degrees in eight disciplines, and one advanced practice doctorate in Nursing. KSU has 129 full-time instructional faculty members and more than 2,000 students.