From The Ground Up: Urban and rural communities come together to help the future of agriculture

KBTX Brazos Valley This Morning(Recurring)
Published: Jan. 5, 2023 at 10:25 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 5, 2023 at 10:26 AM CST
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) -Students from urban and rural communities gathered late last year to participate in the Norman Borlaug Youth In Agriculture program. The students are working together to solve advanced issues related to agriculture.

“There’s no other program out there that combines both urban and rural kids and combining them to face these wicked problems that are so prevalent in Texas and in the United and even across the world,” said program participant Luke Sanders.

Some of the issues tackled by the Norman Borlaug Youth In Agriculture program is tackling issues include methane and carbon cycle, land fragmentation, water scarcity, and food insecurity.

Sanders also appreciates how students with different backgrounds are involved in the program and believe together they can make the world a better place.

“You want people with different perspectives and different understandings of life. When you get those different perspectives that creates new solutions and new ideas that some of us may not even have thought of before.”

Students will have the opportunity to collaborate again during the growing season in March and again during the harvest season in May.

Dr. Norman Borlaug won the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize and is credited for saving more than 1 billion lives through his initiatives to increase global agricultural production. Organizers say the Youth in Agriculture program reflects Borlaug’s mission to enhance leadership and find solutions for advancements in agriculture for the benefit of multi-generations.