RENSSELAER CO., N.Y. — The purpose of the National Agri-Science Youth Summit is to continue to fuel the discovery of new solutions and solve big challenges in human health, agriculture, and food sustainability. It is critical to cultivate the next generation of leaders in science so Rensselaer County 4-H sent two teens, Amanda Thrasher and Travis Michel, to the virtual conference March 5th-7th.
The summit is usually held at the National 4-H Conference Center in Chevy Chase M.D but this year it was a virtual format due to COVID-19. The Summit welcomed high schoolers and adults from 27 states to immerse them in an agenda focused on a variety of Agri-Science topics relevant today. The attendees could pick from various workshops led by leaders in the agriculture industry on topics such as: Ag Literacy, Ag Technology, Animal Science, Food Security, Food Science, and Plant Science.
The 2021 National Youth Summit on Agri-Science was sponsored by Bayer and Science Matters. Both are organizations committed to creating the innovators in science and agriculture by providing hands-on experience and tools to youth worldwide.
Even with the change in format for the 2021 summit, the youth who represented Rensselaer County had a great time expanding their knowledge on different topics and careers in agriculture and creating ideas on how to increase the support of local farms and future youth programs within the county.
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