University of Minnesota Crookston hosts official World Food Prize event Monday.

Students in grades 9-12 came from as far away as Morocco for the second annual Northern Great Plains Youth Institute held at the University of Minnesota Crookston on Monday, May 6.

The day included a major fair, opening remarks by UMN Crookston Chancellor Mary Holz-Clause, a  keynote address by Mark Jirik, director of the Northern Crops Institute, round-table presentations, and immersion sessions.

More than 50 high school students participated.

This World Food Prize event engages high school students with statewide experts and leaders in discussions around challenges facing our world while allowing them to present their solutions to these challenges.

UMN Crookston junior Eleora DeMuth, an agricultural education and communication double major from Cohasset, Minn., emceed this year’s event. She is a past Borlaug Laureate and Youth Institute Scholarship recipient who was recognized during this year's Institute.

    High school students participated in immersion sessions led by UMN Crookston faculty and staff in the afternoon including:

    • Market Conformation - In Search of the Perfect Body
    • Stream Exploration - Wet and Wild
    • Using Leaves to Propagate Plants - Growing Green
    An awards program concluded the day with the presentation of the Borlaug Certificates.

    The event is sponsored by the World Food Prize, American Crystal Sugar Company, Northern Crops Institute, Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership, University of Minnesota Extension, Clause Farms, and Chancellor Mary Holz-Clause. To learn more, visit

    The Northern Great Plains Youth Institute, an official World Food Prize event, is a potentially life-changing experience offering high school students an opportunity to engage with local leaders and experts on critical global challenges, participate in hands-on activities, and explore exciting ways to make a difference in Minnesota and around the world.

    The World Food Prize is the foremost international award recognizing the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. The Prize was founded in 1986 by Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, recipient of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize.