[Lexington, KENTUCKY]- Alltech, a global animal health company, headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky, with more than 2,300 employees in 120 countries, is proud to support National Teach Ag Day on February 25, 2010. Not only does this day celebrate agriculture as a whole, but it emphasises the importance of education within the agriculture industry. Education represents the cornerstone of Alltech’s endeavour to create and innovate. Alltech’s educational focus is embodied through two education initiatives, Alltech’s Young Scientist Program and Kidzone.
The president and founder of Alltech, Dr. Pearse Lyons states the importance of this day, “The future of agriculture is in education. As leaders within the agricultural industry, it is our job to engage and educate the next generation on the important role of agriculture in our lives and to nurture a passion for our industry. Alltech is doing its part by providing global programs such as the Young Scientist Program and Kidzone.”
The Young Scientist Program was created by Alltech to continue the company's commitment to furthering education in science. Alltech created this global competition to promote research and talent. The Alltech Young Scientist Award brings together the world’s brightest scientific thinkers from colleges and universities across the globe. Undergraduate and graduate students are asked to register and submit a scientific paper on a topic involving animal feed technologies, agricultural developments or agriculture management. Since the inception of this program in 2005, the program has grown from 86 applicants in its first year to nearly 4,000 for the 2010’s competition.
Alltech Kidzone, has been developed in conjunction with Agri Aware, the Irish Agri food educational body. Kidzone is an online resource which is designed to engage, educate, and inspire children and to nurture a passion for agriculture and the agri-food industry. Presented in an entertaining and fun manner, the interactive website features a full range of curriculum-linked educational material for teachers and students all over the world. The program offers factual information on farming, food and the environment to children of all ages so that they can learn the important role that agriculture plays in their lives and how much choice and opportunity the industry has to offer. Ten years after the implementation of Agri Aware’s ongoing program in Ireland the number of students interested in entering the agriculture industry rose from 30 to 70 percent in 2009.
The primary purpose of National Teach Ag Day is to open the minds of young people to consider a career in teaching agriculture science. In acknowledgement of the day’s importance, National Teach Ag Day has been sponsored by Rep. Travis Childers, (D-MS) and endorsed by the House of Representatives.
National Teach Ag Day is a component of the National Teach Ag Campaign, an initiative of the National Council for Agricultural Education, led by the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE). The day is sponsored by Campbell Soup Company and Landmark Nurseries as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
Alltech is a global leader in natural animal nutrition, headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky. With more than 2300 employees in 120 countries, the company has developed a strong regional presence in Europe, North America, Latin America, the Middle-East, Africa, and Asia-Pacific.
Alltech is the proud sponsor of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2010™ to be held in Lexington, Kentucky from September 25 to October 10, 2010. Visit the official site of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games at www.alltechfeigames.com  for complete information about the event or to purchase tickets.