​Students selected to attend 2019 Norman E. Borlaug Symposium

Four AGEC students were selected to attend the 2019 Norman E. Borlaug International Symposium in Des Moines, IA in mid-October.  The Norman E. Borlaug International Symposium is a 3-day conference that brings 1,200 people from 65 countries to address global food security. The theme this year was “Pax Agricultura: Peace Through Agriculture” and included individuals from many different walks of life - policy leaders, scientific experts, producers, and business executives.

Morgan Winder (Senior, Agricultural Economics & Agricultural Education; Goodland, IN) decided to apply because, “I've been really passionate about food security and international development since I went on the Haiti service learning study abroad in 2016 and I was interested to learn what people in the "industry" were doing about these issues.”  After attending, Winder shared, “One quote that really hit me was "How can we feed the world without starving the planet?" which was said in a panel discussion including the CEO of Syngenta, CEO of Corteva, and President of the Crop Science Division of Bayer. I think other students should know that if they feel the tug on their conscience to help hungry people in the world, there is a whole community of people out there and the Borlaug Dialogues is an excellent place to connect with them”

Lauren Schreck (Senior, Agricultural Economics & Marketing; Fishers, IN) described some of the activities. “We attended multiple panel discussions where we heard from U.S. ambassadors, CEOs and VPs of companies like Corteva, Syngenta, Bayer, and Kroger, the former President of Nigeria, and the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo.” They also had the chance to meet Phil Nelson and Akin Adesina, 2 of the 3 Laureates from Purdue and enjoy a personal tour of the Hall of Laureates. Schreck shared, “I had an idea of how our global food systems were linked before this conference, but I didn't realize the extent of the interdependency there was and how every minuscule change can impact food access and nutrition on the other side of the globe. Attending this conference motivated me to pursue a career in international lobbying further down in my career because of how regulations in one country can impact regulations, research, and nutrition access in many other countries.”

Emma Swain (Sophomore, Agribusiness & Education Studies; Fishers, IN) and Caroline Edmondson (Sophomore; Agribusiness & Food Science; Clayton, IN) represented the Department of Agricultural Economics and the College of Agriculture at the event!

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