ORIENT — Orient-Macksburg FFA members Merritt Caviness and Wyatt Hensley recently attended the 2014 World Food Prize’s Iowa Youth Institute held annually at Iowa State University in Ames.
The Iowa Youth Institute connects students interested in science, agriculture and related fields with Iowa leaders and innovators on the cutting edge of science and research.
Each participating high school student wrote a research paper on a key issue that impacts hunger in another a country, such as water scarcity in Afghanistan or a lack of rural infrastructure in Brazil. The students proposed their own solutions in small-group roundtable discussions facilitated by academic and industry experts, and students and teachers also participated in hands-on “immersion” activities in research facilities and labs at Iowa State University.
Students also heard from and interacted with 2010 World Food Prize Laureate Jo Luck, Gov. Terry Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, and ISU President Steven Leath.
This year marks the third anniversary of the Iowa Youth Institute, and the 20th anniversary of the very first World Food Prize youth program, the Global Youth Institute.