Chase Krug, a sophomore in agronomy, has learned the importance of the preservation and protection of the world's agricultural crop germplasm through the World Food Prize youth programs.
Chase became involved in the World Food Prize as a freshman in high school when he wrote an essay on plant science solutions to food insecurity issues in Peru and then participated in the Iowa Youth Institute (IYI) in 2015. After IYI, Chase received an acceptance letter to participate in the Global Youth Institute (GYI) later in 2015.
The Borlaug Inspire Day on Norman Borlaug's boyhood farm took place on September 20 as part of the Norman Borlaug Harvest Fest. Several individuals from the CALS Dean's Office, including the Dean and Associate Dean, traveled to Cresco to help run an all-day education fair for around 300 fifth graders from Howard County.
Students go to various stations, learning about agriculture and Dr. Borlaug from presenters as well as 25 visiting professors and graduate students from international agriculture universities in China, South Korea, and Japan. Sessions involved engineering, entomology, plant breeding, and Borlaug's work in Africa.
Abby Kennon was able to return to her roots for her summer internship and use her passion for agronomy to serve her community.
Kennon, a junior majoring in agronomy, spent the summer in her hometown of Cresco, Iowa working as the 2018 Borlaug-Thomson intern with the Norman Borlaug Heritage Foundation.
The experience was far from relaxed. The very first day of her internship, she was already making a trip to Des Moines to meet with a strategic planning committee at the World Food Prize to discuss funding and grants, which was one of Kennon’s goals for the summer.