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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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Politics have always been my passion, which is why I was so excited to travel to Washington D.C. with the Global Food Challenge emerging leaders to learn about agricultural policy this July.
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Incredible Journeys

New vistas and experiences can topple fixed ideas – and reveal fresh possibilities for the future. For Emerging Leaders and their mentors, the impact of the Global Food Challenge has been nothing short of transformative.

Revisit travel highlights from the 2015-2016 experience through the eyes of 10 college students, Emerging Leaders for Food Security

 

Itinerary: 2015 – 2016 Emerging Leaders for Food Security

The Emerging Leaders first met in October 2015 at the World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa – they had no idea that they would form a close-knit family for the next year, as well as meeting with some of the most prominent leaders in food security from around the globe.

After completing their university coursework in May, Emerging Leaders gathered at Land O’Lakes corporate headquarters in Minnesota, where they kicked off their 11-week internship experience.

The first, unforgettable stop on their journey: the two East African countries of Rwanda and Kenya. There, Emerging Leaders and their university mentors met with dozens of farmer communities, international development organizations, and government officials. They exchanged ideas, learned about local farming practices, and saw the amazing growth and hope both countries had in agriculture.

Students then met with policymakers in Washington, D.C., and learned about agricultural policy on the Hill. Also, by pure coincidence, Congress passed the GMO Labeling Law that week after years of debates and revisions. After visiting the nation’s capital, the Emerging Leaders then split off into pairs and visited member cooperative locations in Iowa, Oregon, Ohio, Kansas, and Indiana.

 

JTP Farms – Dorchester, Wisconsin. Students learned the fundamentals of the U.S. milk value chain at a Wisconsin dairy farm – a point of comparison for their subsequent visit to dairy farms in Rwanda, Africa.

 

 

 

 

Capitol Hill – Washington, D.C. Students caught Minnesota Representative Betty McCollum between meetings during one of the busiest weeks on the Hill.

 

 

Rwanda, Africa. Emerging Leaders, University representatives, and Land O’ Lakes staff spent the morning helping Rwandan genocide survivor Agnes rebuild her cow shed. 

 

 

Maseno University – Kenya, Africa. Emerging Leaders learned about Kenyan corn farming at a research plot alongside Maseno University students planning to go into agriculture post-graduation. 

 

 

WinField Answer Plot – Iowa. Emerging Leaders saw firsthand how producers use WinField Answer Plots to gain insights for growing crops like corn and soybeans. They also got to taste sweet corn fresh off the stalk!

 

Revisit travel highlights from the 2014 – 2015 experience through the eyes of 10 college students, Emerging Leaders for Food Security.

 

Itinerary: 2014 – 2015 Emerging Leaders for Food Security

After completing their university coursework in May, Emerging Leaders gathered at Land O’Lakes corporate headquarters in Minnesota, where they kicked off their 11-week internship experience.

The first, unforgettable stop on their journey: the two southern Africa countries of Malawi and Zambia. There, Emerging Leaders and their university mentors met with dozens of farmer communities, international development organizations and government officials. They exchanged ideas, learned about local practices and framed new opportunities in international agriculture.

Students then met with policymakers in Washington, D.C., followed by visits to key Land O’Lakes locations in the United States.

 

JTP Farms, near Curtiss, Wisconsin. Students learn the fundamentals of the U.S. milk value chain at a Wisconsin dairy farm – a point of comparison for their subsequent visit to African dairy farms.

Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. Students got a close-up view of agricultural policymaking in Washington D.C., meeting with Iowa Senator Joni Ernst, Minnesota Representative Betty McCollum, Indiana Representatives Jackie Walorski and Todd Rokita and others.

Dowa, Malawi – Africa. University of Minnesota mentor LaJoy Spears and Emerging Leader Mandi Egeland chat with village children who had just mastered the alphabet in English. “I will never forget how excited they were,” says Mandi.

Zambia, Africa. Emerging Leaders learn that life is better for these villagers in Zambia since their successful goat herd development project.

 

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, Emerging Leader, 2016-2017