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Source: Alltech news release

A South Sudanese-born American track and field athlete, Lopez Lomong, will be the recipient of Alltech's 2014 Humanitarian Award. Alltech, a global leader in animal health and nutrition, will honor the Olympian and philanthropist at "What If?" the 30th Annual Alltech International Symposium in Lexington, Kentucky, USA, from May 18-21.

One of the Lost Boys of Sudan, Lomong was separated from his family at age six when he was kidnapped by soldiers during a Sunday morning Mass in his native country. He escaped from the children's prison three weeks later, taking refuge in a camp in Kenya before coming to the United States at 16 and becoming a U.S. citizen in 2007.

Lomong is a two-time Olympian in track and field and was the flag bearer for the United States during the 2008 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony. Lomong's autobiography, Running for My Life, was published in 2012.

Lomong founded the 4 South Sudan team, a partnership between the Lopez Lomong Foundation and World Vision, that focuses on four main pillars for the country- education, clean water, nutrition and health care.

South Sudan, known for its abundant resources, fertile land, oil and precious minerals, will be an agribusiness opportunity explored during Alltech's Africa Session during Symposium.

The Africa session will examine the risks and opportunities that Africa can offer to the world's food production chain and address such questions as 'Why agribusiness should invest and embrace the century of Africa?' 'How did Guinness succeed in Nigeria?' and 'Why is it that a continent with such enormous potential never seems to get started?'

Registration for Alltech's 30th Annual International Symposium is open and available for a price of $850. Two paid registrations from a single company or organization will receive a third registration free of charge.

Attendees are encouraged to register early as space is limited. Of the nearly 3,000 international delegates who attended the 2013 Alltech International Symposium, 96 percent indicated that they plan to attend again.

For more information, or to request an invitation, contact a local Alltech representative, visit or email Join the conversation online by using the hashtag #agfuture.

To learn more about Lomong and 4 South Sudan, visit

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