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Global Youth Ag Summit

On August 19th the Global Youth Ag Summit, kicked off with a challenge to create new ideas to Feed a Hungry Planet. Bringing together young farmers from 24 countries around the world, the celebration of the future of 4-H after its first hundred years is focused on sustainable agriculture.

Moderated by Canadian ag guru, Kim McConnell, the group has the honour and challenge of thinking about solutions they can implement in their home community and to develop an organizational structure that will meet the ongoing needs of youth in agriculture. It will be the foundation of the Summit Action Plan.

Leona Dargis welcomed a world of ag talent to Calgary as the kick off speaker. A former Nuffield scholar, she now works with the Commonwealth of Royal Societies. Growing up on a mixed farm, she and her four sisters used the strength of their rural upbringing to keep the farm going after the loss of their parents at a young age. They have a passion for new things, adventure, and education, that inspired the delegates to think about their coming week together and all the opportunities it will bring.

I have the honour of sharing the stage with Art Froelich in the Opening Plenary.

Robynne Anderson

Robynne has extensive experience in the agriculture and food sector, working throughout the value chain – from basic inputs to farmers in the field to the grocery store shelf. She works internationally in the sector, including speaking at the United Nations on agriculture and food issues, and representing the International Agri-Food Network at the UN.Throughout her career she has worked with farm organisations like the Prairie Oat Growers Association, the National Smallholder Farmers Association of Malawi and the Himalayan Farmers Association, as well as global groups, to further the voice of agriculture in the food debate. She has also worked with Fortune 500 companies growing worldwide businesses to assist them with issues management and strategy decisions.

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