AMES, Iowa — Webster County 4-H’er Rebecca Nellis was part of a panel discussing the World Food Prize youth programs July 15 in Des Moines. The discussion took place during the north central meeting of the Council for Agricultural Research, Extension and Teaching.
Nellis, 16, discussed her experiences in the Iowa Youth Institute and World Food Prize Global Youth Institute. Students throughout the country conduct research on food security and agricultural issues and participate in state institutes to be selected for the global institute. Nellis participated in both institutes in 2012, writing a research paper on Kenya and proposing the use of carbon credits to fund better education and other needs within the country. Afterward, she and her 4-H club began a meal-packaging initiative. She also participated in the 2013 Iowa Youth Institute in April.
A student at Prairie Valley High School, Nellis is the daughter of Jeff and Ruth Nellis.
“The Youth Institute programs give our young people the opportunity to take action in the global fight against hunger. What they gain from this experience just may put them on the path to ending world hunger,” said Cathann Kress, vice president for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, who moderated the discussion.
The Council for Agricultural Research, Extension and Teaching is a national grassroots organization of volunteers created in 1982 by the Board on Agriculture Assembly of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. CARET volunteers support America’s land-grant agricultural research, extension and teaching programs and work with national agricultural organizations to tell agriculture’s “story” to the public.
An eight-year 4-H member, Nellis received a state 4-H clothing project award in 2013. She has completed projects in communication, leadership, citizenship, clothing, and food and nutrition. She has served as president, vice president and secretary of her 4-H club. She also has participated in her county 4-H council, the state 4-H council, the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference, Citizenship-Washington Focus and National 4-H Congress, and will be a delegate to the National 4-H Conference next spring.