Perks of Being an Ag Ambassador: Attending the World Food Prize

On October 14-16, 2015, I had the privilege of representing Dordt College along with three fellow Ag Ambassadors and Professor Joerger at the World Food Prize convention in Des Moines, IA. My classmates in attendance were Lori Roseland, Andrea Borup, and Imanuel Feo.

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Lori talks with an interested conference attendee

As Ag Ambassadors, our main objective was to increase awareness of Dordt College and promote the Global Ag Summit that Dordt will host in March of 2016. To do this, we took shifts at our exhibit booth, making connections to conference attendees from across the globe.

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Meals were incredibly gourmet and health-conscious, to put it mildly. I can’t say that I enjoyed everything, but I was adventuresome and forced myself to try it.

When we weren’t handing out flyers and exchanging business cards at the exhibit booth, we attended sessions that were of interest to us. All of us were fascinated and challenged by the topics of discussion led by prominent individuals such as Chelsea Clinton, Tom Vilsack, and Howard Buffet. From harnessing the versatility of sweet potatoes, to reducing malnutrition in developing nations, to empowering the female farmers that dominate the agricultural landscape of developing nations, the sessions provided stimulating points of interest for us all.

One highlight of our trip included visiting the World Food Prize Laureate Hall to watch the 2015 recipient of the Borlaug Field Award, Eric Pohlman, receive his

Standing outside the beautiful Laureate Hall in Downtown Des Moines, IA

Standing outside the beautiful Laureate Hall in Downtown Des Moines, IA. I am on the far right.

award. The gorgeous architecture of the hall, along with the inspiring words of the Pohlman, made for an enjoyable evening on Wednesday.

Overall, the World Food Prize opened our eyes to the large-scale efforts, supported by numerous organizations, companies, and individuals, to work toward alleviating global food insecurity and establishing a more sustainable system of agriculture. We were grateful for the opportunity to represent our college and promote an equally admirable event this coming spring.

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Update: I am currently a junior at Dordt College, majoring in Agribusiness and minoring in English writing.

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