Global youth gathering to be held in Olds

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A global youth Ag-Summit to be held in Olds in August 2013 will celebrate milestone anniversaries for 4-H Canada, Olds College and Bayer. Both 4-H and Olds celebrate their 100-year anniversaries in 2013, with Bayer marking its 150th year.

The announcement of Bayer’s title sponsorship of the week-long event was made June 1 by Sandra Peterson, global CEO of Bayer CropScience.

“Feeding a hungry planet is a topic that we seriously think about every day as a science-based agriculture company,” Peterson said.

The Youth Ag-Summit will host 120 students from around the world to discuss and learn how their generation will overcome the challenges of feeding a growing world population of currently over seven billion people.

Bayer CropScience is engaging over 20 countries around the world (so far including China, Costa Rica, Chile, Spain, Australia, Italy, India, Taiwan, Indonesia and U.S. to date) to sponsor young leaders to attend the event. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Province of Alberta are also participating in this exclusive global summit.

To participate, young adults between the ages of 18-25 will be required to submit a paper discussing the topic “Feeding a hungry planet.” The top essays will qualify them to receive an all-expenses paid trip to the Youth Ag-Summit. The essays will contribute to the foundation of the conference content. For more information visit www.facebook.com/youthag summit.

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