Representative Dan Kelley, D-Newton, third from left, joined Baxter High School Agriculture Education INstructor/FFA Advisor Jim Fitzgerald, left; Baxter High School junior Jenna Ziesman, second from left; Colfax-Mingo High School sophomore Cassie Craig, second from right; and Colfax-Mingo High School Extended Learning Program Coordinator Zane Scott-Tunkin at the World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute program held recently at the Iowa State University Campus in Ames.
More than 250 Iowa high school students and teachers gathered recently on the Iowa State University campus for a day of events focused on inspiring youth to pursue educational and career opportunities in science, agriculture, engineering and other areas on a global level as part of the first World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute.
The day included interactive workshops where students discussed their own solutions for such global problems as water scarcity, climate change and how to feed and ever-expanding global population. Students also toured campus facilities and met with college faculty to discuss how their interests might intersect with current research endeavors.
"It was encouraging to see young people from Jasper County engaging in new ideas and solutions to solving global food security issues," said Rep. Dan Kelley, D-Newton. "What I saw and heard from the students is just a glimpse of what they will accomplish in the future."