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F.A.S.T. Academy prepares students for agriculture's future

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The anticipated world population growth calls concern to how it will affect global food production. Kansas 4-H’s F.A.S.T. Academy, scheduled for July 8 to 11 at Kansas State University, is designed for current high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors who have a passion for food, agriculture, science and technology—all key factors in the success of future agricultural pursuits.

“It is vital that young leaders understand the critical role of agricultural science innovation. The F.A.S.T. Academy will equip attendees with the skills and knowledge needed to look at the challenges facing agriculture, food security and sustainability,” Sarah Keatley, 4-H Youth Development events coordinator, said.

Attendees of the academy will have the opportunity to participate in labs, tour research facilities at the university and meet with industry professionals one-on-one.

Keatley said that attending the academy provides students with experience and allows them to explore the diverse industry through tracts such as food processing, food safety and security, environment and natural resources, agricultural engineering and biotechnology.

Students do not have to be a Kansas 4-H member to apply. Registration can be found online and will close after the first 100 attendees sign up.

For more information, students can learn more about the academy at www.kansas4-h.org/p.aspx?tabid=594 or by contacting Sarah Keatley by phone 785-532-5800 or email keatley@ksu.edu.

Date: 4/21/2014



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