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Hello Agvocate,
With 2018 drawing to a close, we wanted to thank you for being a part of the Youth Ag Summit community. We hope you've enjoyed the stories that we've shared in this newsletter over the past year and that you will continue to follow us on the journey to #ZeroHunger. This edition of the newsletter contains some of our favorite stories from throughout 2018, in case you missed them first time around, as well as some holiday listening to keep you entertained. 

One final thing: don't forget that the application deadline for the 2019 Youth Ag Summit is just around the corner! If you're aged 18-25 and you have an idea for how to feed a hungry planet, why not #PlantYourPath by clicking below and submitting an application before 10 January? Who knows, maybe we'll see you in Brazil next year...

In the meantime, very happy holidays and all best wishes for 2019! 
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Our Top 10 Stories from 2018 
Feeding the future for light-years

Canadian student Connor Kiselchuk is a 2017 recipient of the Jeff Schell Scholarship for Agricultural Science whose research focuses on growing plants in space. Read more about his adventures in space science here
Agvocating at the FAO 

2017 Youth Ag Summit delegate and Agrikua co-founder Apoorva Valli Shankar shared her experience of speaking out for young people's role in policymaking at this year's edition of the United Nations Committee on World Food Security. 
Fighting food waste with ugly fruit

Since attending the 2017 Youth Ag Summit, Spanish biotechnology student Carla Espinós Estévez has been encouraging her community to eat ‘ugly’ fruits and vegetables. Learn more about her 'Imperfect Picks' progress here
Words of wisdom from Brazil 

Meet 2017 Brazilian delegate Letícia Marques, a biotechnology graduate working towards her #3LittleThings by promoting healthy eating and social integration through exposure to farming. Learn more about her progress here.
Listening to learn 

Fresh from this year's European Development Days, 2017 Youth Ag Summit alumna and Agrikua co-founder Cassie Hayward issued a rallying call for the world's policymakers to listen to young people when making decisions.
Farming with conviction anywhere

YAS 2017 alumna and food engineer Diana Pamela Rico thinks it’s time to get creative when it comes the spaces we use for agriculture – from walls and balconies, to roofs. Check out her thoughts on urban and vertical farming here.
Finding time for a Fika break 

Katelyn Mann went to EAT Stockholm Food Forum this year, where she looked into solutions to the challenges faced by our global food system. Read more here
The risk of doing nothing 

Also attending the EAT Stockholm Forum this year was 2017 Summit alumna Shafinaz Hossain, who spoke to attendees about her journey to agvocacy and how she is working to address food security in her home country of Bangladesh. Catch up on her talk here
Great things start small 

In June, Beverley Flatt, Youth Ag Summit alumna and Bayer Animal Health content manager, attended the European Youth Event. Here she talks about how she went from a small town to agvocating at the European Parliament. 
Speaking up on the world stage 

It's been almost a whole year since 2017 alumni Cameron Olson and Kamau Lindhardt attended the 2nd World Farmers’ Organisation Gymnasium - refresh your memory with Cameron's account of his incredible experience championing youth voices in agriculture. 
Your Holiday Listening 
Have you heard the latest episode of our podcast, 'TheAgvocate' (#agvocatepod)? In this edition, Simon Pampena speaks to YAS alumnus Sam Coggins, a young man with a passion for soil and the farmers that rely on its protection. Check it out and be sure to subscribe on iTunes to stay updated.

Catch-up with all the podcasts so far here. Got an idea for who we should feature next? Let us know @YouthAgSummit
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