Ohmygoodness! What a day! Today we started off bright and early with breakfast at the Marriott. The food for the days breakfast was Nigerian to appreciate the former President of Nigeria for visiting the world food prize. The breakfast keynote was the CEO of John Deere! This was super exciting for someone who was raised with equipment in a wonderful John Deere green.
After breakfast we walked over to the YMCA for a Land O’Lakes Immerging leaders panel. The panel went over an over seas internship in efforts to be hunger fighters! After the panel we went downstairs and packaged bags to send to Puerto Rico. Our goal was to package 25 000 bags in an hour in a half. We ended up surpassing this goal, only quitting when there were no more bags left to fill!
After the bag packaging we went back to the Marriott for lunch. The laureate luncheon was in honour of Dr. Akinwumi Adesia. Where we he said a great speech about how he came to be this years laureate.
After the luncheon we broke out into groups for the afternoon sessions. We were organized by a coloured sticker on our name tag. I had a yellow sticker so I went to Hawkeye Breeders. This is an artificial insemination farm. The business began after WWII and has adopted many new technologies since opening. The business doesn’t own any of the bulls that they collect from, instead they take others bulls and collect from them. On the farm we got a tour of both the barns and the processing building. The building had 53 cryogenic tubs to house the collections. In the processing building they have a new technology that can measure the motility, size, and abnormalities with almost 100% accuracy in less than 10 seconds. “This machine can replace 12 men on the job” said our tour guide. In the barn we got to see a natural collection and to meet a variety of breeds that they currently house.
Our tour guide explained how the European Union barn operates and the procedures of the barn. Including testing for over 20 diseases every two weeks. We did not have the opportunity to tour this barn because of all the regulations but it was interesting hearing how strict the European Union is on cattle production.
After the tour of Hawkeye Breeders we headed back to the hotel for a brief free time and then left for our hunger banquet. At the beginning of the banquet we picked out class out of a bag. 80% of the members was low class, including myself and my teacher. For this meal each person was given a character and a brief biography. If we were women we had to eat last. And because I was low class I was given a handful of rice.
After the hunger banquet we went back to the hotel for bagged diners and the day was then done. Super excited and nervous for tomorrow! Adios GYI!