New Century Farmer Participants Meet With World Food Prize’s Ambassador Quinn

Thursday was an amazing day for participants of the 2015 New Century Farmer program.

Four days into the five-day seminar focused on the future of production agriculture, the 50 participants from across the nation were joined by Dr. Kenneth M. Quinn, a former U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia, and currently the leader of the World Food Prize Foundation. He joined WFP on January 1, 2000, following his retirement from the State Department after a 32 year career in the Foreign Service. Continue reading

Idaho FFA Members Gain Global Awareness at World Food Prize Global Youth Institute

Shane Stevenson, an agriculture educator in Meridian, Idaho, is on a mission to bring global awareness to his students and his community. He teaches at Meridian High School, a magnet school fed by five high schools. With a population of 1,600 students, the school has two full-time agriculture educators. Continue reading

73 FFA members participate in World Food Prize Global Youth Institute

The World Food Prize hosted 160 extraordinary high school students from 24 US states and territories, as well as Canada, China, Egypt, Mexico, Morocco, and Nigeria as delegates at the 20th Anniversary Global Youth Institute, Oct. 16-18, in Des Moines, Iowa — and 73 of them are FFA members.

The Global Youth Institute was started by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Dr. Norman Borlaug, and is known as one of the most unique and successful youth programs in the country. Continue reading

#Borlaug100: Who was Norman Borlaug?

Dr. Norman Borlaug is a popular name this week. But who exactly is Dr. Borlaug?

Before we get too deep into his biography and impact, just consider this: Dr. Norman E. Borlaug is one of only three Americans ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Only Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Elie Wiesel join Dr. Borlaug on that prestigious list.

Dr. Borlaug — he passed away in 2009 — is at the forefront of conversation this week for a few reasons.

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Answer this: How will you help feed the world?

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As we celebrate both National Ag Day and the Norman Borlaug Centennial, The World Food Prize has a question for people everywhere: How will you help feed the world?

It’s a critical question for people of all ages as we confront what World Food Prize President Amb. Kenneth M. Quinn calls “the single greatest challenge in human history: whether we can sustainably feed the 9 billion people who will be on our planet in the year 2050.”

That’s quite the task, but we know FFA members and supporters have answers to this question.

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World Food Prize ceremony highlights global learning opportunities for ag students

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On February 19, the World Food Prize Foundation hosted USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack at their Hall of Laureates. He was there to sign a formal Memorandum of Understanding  scaling-up the Wallace-Carver Internship program over the next five years.

The event featured young agriculture students and future leaders who will benefit from this program.

Trisha Collins, a former agricultural education student and FFA member at Pleasantville High School, opened the ceremony, welcoming everyone to the event and introducing Secretary Vilsack and Ambassador Kenneth Quinn, President of the World Food Prize Foundation.

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