Applications to participate in the Youth Ag-Summit are being accepted through February 15
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (Jan. 29, 2012) – Bayer CropScience invites young Americans to join youth from around the world to ‘come to the table’ from August 19 to 25 for the global Youth Ag-Summit in Calgary. At this week-long event, participants, including business leaders and scientists, in addition to the youth, will share ideas and develop a plan of action on how to feed, nourish and clothe a growing planet.
In November 2011, the United Nations announced the planet’s population surpassed seven billion people, and in less than 40 years, it is forecasted there will be two billion more mouths in need of healthy food and nutrition.
Through February 15, Americans between the ages of 18 and 25 can submit an application for a chance to attend the summit by writing a 2,000-word essay or taping a seven-minute video about the challenges of feeding a hungry planet. Twenty U.S. applicants will be selected by a panel of judges to receive an expense paid trip to the global Youth Ag-Summit. For a copy of the essay question, submission format and eligibility requirements, please download the full application guidelines.
As the title sponsor of the Youth Ag-Summit, Bayer CropScience is committed to inspiring youth from around the world to see how they can make a difference and bring agriculture to the forefront of this global challenge. Countries currently involved include: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Chile, China, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, United Kingdom and the U.S.
“If the next generation is to help find a solution, they must first understand the challenges and opportunities their peers are experiencing around the world today,” said Jim Blome, president and CEO of Bayer CropScience North America. “No one person, company or nation holds the answers but through discussion and collaboration at the Youth Ag-Summit, it is hoped that agricultural solutions can be found, acted upon and achieved.”
In an effort to reach potential participants in the United States, National 4-H Council, the nation’s largest youth development organization, is managing the selection process for the Youth Ag-Summit and video and essay contest. 4-H is a community of seven million young people across the world learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. 4-H’ers are stepping up to meet the demands of a complex world, including a more food-secure planet. Council is the private sector, non-profit partner of 4-H National Headquarters located at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) within the United States Department of Agriculture. 4-H programs are implemented by more than 100 land-grant universities and the Cooperative Extension System through their 3,100 local extension offices across the country.
Young adults between the ages of 18-25 can find out more details on how to submit their application by visiting www.YouthAgSummit.com.
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