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.