Tuesday, December 22, 2009

"Assuring Global Food Security"

The 2010 edition of the Purdue University Agricultural Alumni Fish Fry will feature not one, but two guest speakers.

A pair of World Food Prize Laureates, Philip Nelson (left; 2007) and Gebisa Ejeta (right; 2009), both Purdue University College of Agriculture faculty members, will speak on the topic "Assuring Global Food Security."

The luncheon, scheduled for 6 February, begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Toyota Blue Ribbon Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.

The World Food Prize has been presented annually since 1987 by the World Food Prize Foundation and recognizes significant contributions in any field involved in improving the world food supply. The award was established by the late Norman E. Borlaug, winner of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize.

Tickets for the Ag Alumni Fish Fry are $20 and must be purchased in advance. Tickets are available by contacting the Purdue Ag Alumni office at 765-494-8593 or by e-mailing agalumni@purdue.edu.

Known as a fish fry by tradition, the menu features both Indiana farm-raised yellow perch and roasted pork loin entrées. The perch is donated by the Indiana Soybean Alliance, while the pork loin is donated by Indiana Packers Corp.

The Ag Forecast, a program highlighting important topics in agriculture, will precede the Fish Fry starting at 9:30 a.m. in the Grand Hall, also located on the fairgrounds.


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