Thursday, July 18th, 2019

Senator Todd Young talks global food security

Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2019

U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) spoke at Huntington University for a timely discussion on global food security, hosted by the Farm Journal Foundation.

Senator Young discussed the important role of U.S. leadership in advancing global food security and international agricultural research. “Addressing global hunger and food insecurity is a national security issue and a moral imperative for our nation,” Senator Young said. “I’m grateful for this opportunity to shine a light on the issue and discuss how we can work together to support the world’s most vulnerable.”

Considering the world’s population could reach almost 10 billion by 2050, the relationship between farming communities in Indiana and U.S. global food security efforts takes on even greater importance. As Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee that oversees the United Nations and its food agencies, Senator Young recommended Kip Tom, of Leesburg, Indiana and board director of Farm Journal Foundation to represent the United States in its work to address food insecurity and malnutrition around the world.

“Growing up in a multi-generational farming family in Indiana, I understand the importance of American agriculture to our own economy and to feeding the world,” said Mr. Tom, the new Ambassador and U.S. Representative to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture. “Indiana is the eighth-largest agricultural exporter in the nation. The agricultural products that we export – that the nation exports – improve global food security, reduce poverty and forge economic ties with new trade partners.”

American farmers continue to find innovative ways to grow more food, faster, with fewer resources, by developing new technologies to scale up global food production. This is the time to continue support for U.S. government programs such as Feed the Future, which is advancing agricultural research and global food security.

“Huntington is honored to host Senator Young and Kassi Tom Rowland, Indiana Farm Lead, for Farm Journal Foundation for this important discussion,” said Dr. Sherilyn Emberton, president of Huntington University. “Food security around the world is an important issue to us. Huntington’s Haupert Institute of Agricultural Studies collaborates with other Indiana universities to promote the growth and sustainability of producers at all levels, and lifting up those less fortunate is a central part of our mission.”

Shown in the photo from left, Sherilyn Emberton, president, Huntington University; Kassi Tom Rowland, Indiana Farm Lead for Farm Journal Foundation and Senator Todd Young.