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In her high school advanced placement (AP) biology class, Tara Mittelberg learned about Norman Borlaug, the renowned scientist, humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize winner who devoted his career to battling hunger and poverty across the globe. This sparked her interest in agriculture and prompted her to pursue the opportunity to be an Emerging Leader in the Land O’Lakes Global Food Challenge during the 2014–2015 academic year.
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As I sit down to write this farewell blog, I feel overwhelmed with emotion because of the amazing experiences the Land O’Lakes Global Food Challenge has given us 10 Emerging Leaders. However, this blog isn’t meant to dwell on our farewell, but rather to highlight the learning experiences we encountered.
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Let’s put an end to global hunger.

Wanted: Inspired college students to create a more hopeful future.

Global hunger, meet your match.

The Global Food Challenge

By2050

9 Billion+ People
- Will Need -
70% More Food

The Program

What we're doing to help.

Emerging Leaders for Food Security™. A yearlong program.

College students from select leading universities

Finding new ways to feed the world using fewer resources.

Learn more about the program

Meet the Emerging Leaders

Emerging Leaders for Food Security, 2017 - 2018

Meet inspired college students who are working with Land O’Lakes experts to find new ways to address food security.

Alyssa Dougherty , Iowa State University, Emerging Leader, 2017-2018

“My connection to the dairy industry, passion for food security issues, and desire to create positive change has inspired me to contribute my best effort as a Global Food Challenge Emerging Leader for Food Security.”

-  Alyssa Dougherty , Iowa State University, Emerging Leader, 2017-2018

Bailee Cook, Purdue University, Emerging Leader, 2017-2018

“I am looking forward to exploring food security and sustainability through the Global Food Challenge to round out my agriculture degree.”

-  Bailee Cook, Purdue University, Emerging Leader, 2017-2018

Dane Chapman, Purdue University, Emerging Leader, 2017-2018

“My experience with international agriculture has intensified my interest in finding solutions to make the agriculture industry more sustainable and decrease waste in the food chain.”

-  Dane Chapman, Purdue University, Emerging Leader, 2017-2018

Izaiah Bokunewicz, Penn State, Emerging Leader, 2017-2018

“I am very optimistic about the future of agriculture thanks to the innovative and sustainable efforts taking place on a global level.”

-  Izaiah Bokunewicz, Penn State, Emerging Leader, 2017-2018

Jansen Penny , Kansas State University, Emerging Leader, 2017-2018

“Growing up in a small ranch town has shown me the impact agriculture can have on local families. I want to find practical, sustainable solutions that make an impact on local and global hunger.”

-  Jansen Penny , Kansas State University, Emerging Leader, 2017-2018

Julia Loudenburg, George Washington University, Emerging Leader, 2017-2018

“I wanted to work on the Global Food Challenge because since I came to college I have seen the astounding amount of food waste that occurs, even though there are people in my community who are food insecure, and I want to do my part to help.”

-  Julia Loudenburg, George Washington University, Emerging Leader, 2017-2018

Katriel Marks, Purdue University, Emerging Leader, 2017-2018

“In my work with the World Food Prize I saw the benefit of agricultural improvements for all people. I hope to bring together multidisciplinary solutions to advance food security.”

-  Katriel Marks, Purdue University, Emerging Leader, 2017-2018

Kinnidy Coley, North Carolina A&T State University, Emerging Leader, 2017-2018

“I am excited to find new ways to meet the demands of the growing world with the Global Food Challenge.”

-  Kinnidy Coley, North Carolina A&T State University, Emerging Leader, 2017-2018

Sarah Vater, University of Minnesota, Emerging Leader, 2017-2018

“What I hope to learn through this internship is how to pursue and achieve goals in a company setting, more about the reality of world food problems, and how to build strong leadership skills.”

-  Sarah Vater, University of Minnesota, Emerging Leader, 2017-2018

Sierra Williamson, University of Minnesota, Emerging Leader, 2017-2018

“Growing up in rural Minnesota, my family and community ingrained in me a strong appreciation for honesty, respect, responsibility and generosity in agriculture and community participation. I believe my rural background will provide a solid foundation for me to drive change in agriculture.”

-  Sierra Williamson, University of Minnesota, Emerging Leader, 2017-2018

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What you can do.

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