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If you have been keeping up with the Global Food Challenge Emerging Leaders, you know that we are seasoned globe trotters. Well, that might be a slight exaggeration but we have experienced many facets of agriculture this summer. From Africa to Washington D.C., we’ve learned a lot of food security.
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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, 2016 - 2017

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

Audrey Sebastian, University of Minnesota, Emerging Leader, 2016-2017

“I hope to take quantitative steps toward increasing food security throughout the world and spread the word about the importance of agriculture and its role in feeding the world. ”

-  Audrey Sebastian, University of Minnesota, Emerging Leader, 2016-2017

Alexander Fried, George Washington University, Emerging Leader, 2016-2017

“I'm hoping I’m able to bring a diverse perspective to the Land O'Lakes team and identify possible methods to innovate the Ag industry so that it can become more efficient. ”

-  Alexander Fried, George Washington University, Emerging Leader, 2016-2017

Deanna Zernicke, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Emerging Leader, 2016-2017

“I am most excited about the opportunity to work with so many different individuals from very diverse backgrounds to solve a universal problem the world is facing. ”

-  Deanna Zernicke, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Emerging Leader, 2016-2017

Katie Atkins, University of Minnesota, Emerging Leader, 2016-2017

“I am most excited about being a part of something larger than myself. The issues and solutions I will work on will impact the lives of those here in my community and around the world.”

-  Katie Atkins, University of Minnesota, Emerging Leader, 2016-2017

Peyton Russell, Iowa State University, Emerging Leader, 2016-2017

“I believe no one should have to question access to such a fundamental human need. I feel food becomes less appealing knowing people in the world lack consistent access to it. ”

-  Peyton Russell, Iowa State University, Emerging Leader, 2016-2017

Erica Timmons, Purdue University, Emerging Leader, 2016-2017

“By empowering students with tools to address food insecurity, Land O’Lakes is creating leaders who can influence its industry to feed a growing population with sustainability in mind.”

-  Erica Timmons, Purdue University, Emerging Leader, 2016-2017

Peri Warren, University of Minnesota, Emerging Leader, 2016-2017

“I am so eager to collaborate with other uniquely talented young leaders sharing the passion to combat global hunger.”

-  Peri Warren, University of Minnesota, Emerging Leader, 2016-2017

Margaret Hegwood, Purdue University, Emerging Leader, 2016-2017

“I know young people, like myself, can find answers as ‘game-changers’. We have the ability to work together to create innovative solutions to one of the world’s most pressing challenges.”

-  Margaret Hegwood, Purdue University, Emerging Leader, 2016-2017

Travis Troendle, Iowa State University, Emerging Leader, 2016-2017

“Agriculture is the center of our lives in many ways, even more so when you grow up on a farm. The ability to improve food security for others is important as I look to make a difference.”

-  Travis Troendle, Iowa State University, Emerging Leader, 2016-2017

Jessica Wendt, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Emerging Leader, 2016-2017

“Bringing together a team of motivated students willing to work to solve problems is truly inspiring. I’m hoping we can bring new ideas and passion to creating a more sustainable world.”

-  Jessica Wendt, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Emerging Leader, 2016-2017

Rachel Anderson, University of Minnesota, Emerging Leader, 2016-2017

“I’m excited to collaborate with others who share my same passion. This is the experience of a lifetime. I look forward to gaining knowledge and skills that I can use to make a difference.”

-  Rachel Anderson, University of Minnesota, Emerging Leader, 2016-2017

Make a Difference

What you can do.

Graduating from college in 2021?
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