Sustainability was the watchword for Day 2 of the Youth Ag-Summit. After mingling at Monday's cultural dinner, delegates were straight back to work. The morning's plenary speakers had them quite literally singing and dancing about changing perceptions on agriculture – some food for thought as delegates headed into the day's breakout sessions to shape their project ideas. The afternoon brought a breath of fresh air, with a visit to Hof ten Bosch, a Bayer ForwardFarm in the Belgian countryside, showing the agvocates how innovative ideas can make a real difference day-to-day. And once they'd worked up an appetite, dinner and a musical surprise awaited in the barn...
"Say it with me: AgriCOOLture is PERFECT!"
This was the rallying cry from Hlami Ngwenga, who danced on stage to share insights from her 20+ years of experience in agricultural advocacy. Her greatest tip? Stop thinking about agriculture as just farming - it's so much more!
The future belongs to the organized
Delegates got the chance to quiz Hlami, and fellow speakers Professor Achim Dobermann and Georgie Aley, on how to be better agvocates. From becoming politically engaged, to creating their own opportunities, delegates were encouraged to get organized, get doing, and even get failing!
Four generations of innovation
This afternoon, delegates had the chance to visit Hof ten Bosch, a fully-functioning Bayer ForwardFarm nestled in the heart of the Belgian countryside. They heard about the technologies and tools being implemented here and elsewhere; solutions which are fueling the farms of the future.
Flavour of the moment
On Day 2, #youthagsummit was once again a Twitter trending topic of the day in Belgium! Across all social media, over 2,400 original posts mentioned it or #agvocate; an increase of almost 100% from yesterday! The number of total engagements with this content jumped to over 10,500, giving us a potential reach of over 24 million followers. The Youth Ag--Summit's own Twitter account saw a 62% increase in engagements from yesterday.