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Brandon girl going to international Ag Summit

By Kimberley Kielley

Emily Robb of Brandon and Amanda Hardman of Stony Plain, Alta. will be representing Canada at the Bayer Youth Ag Summit this year as 100 delegates, representing 44 countries, will meet this November for a virtual global forum.

It is Bayer’s 2021 Youth Ag Summit. Delegates will work with the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and Babele on a 10-week Youth Ag Summit (YAS) University program following the forum with mentoring provided by industry leaders, farmers and YAS alumni/Canadian delegates showing promising solutions toward sustainable food packaging and agricultural practices.

The global forum and biennially organized conference selected young leaders between the ages of 18 and 24 with a passion for sustainable global agriculture for the opportunity to learn and collaborate with others on solutions to issues challenging food security.

This year’s delegates come from more than 2,000 applicants representing nearly 100 countries.

Robb and Hardman have both achieved accolades at the Canada-wide Science Fair for their research and are active members of 4-H Canada, a foremost youth leadership development organization.

Robb’s research is based around her interest in managed ecosystems and ecological practice application for sustainable agricultural production surrounding economic nutrient optimization in hydroponic arugula production.

“I want to be an agricultural change-maker and will be applying my passion throughout my first year of studies and beyond at the University of Manitoba, while pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Agroecology degree,” Robb said.

Hardman’s project idea for the Youth Ag Summit is focused on biodegradable food packaging to replace plastic clamshell packaging. Her prototypes are created using nano crystals derived from wood and wheat by-product (pulp).

This is the fifth year the biennial Youth Ag Summit has taken place, but it will be the first virtual YAS event.

The Youth Ag Summit movement is a community of global young leaders championing sustainable agriculture and food security while working to bridge the understanding gap between those who produce our food and those who consume it.