Did You Know . . .
CALS Global Programs Hosts International Farmers Aid Association Delegation
On December 4-6, 2017, CALS Global Programs hosted 44 high school and college students through the International Farmers Aid Association (IFAA). According totheir website, the IFAA is a non-profit organization that began in 1952, allowing more than 7,500 individuals from Brazil, Japan, South Korea, Bolivia, and Paraguay to learn about agriculture in the United States. The individuals are able to apply for the program and if accepted they spend anywhere from one to twelve months with a host family in the United States learning about agriculture through hands on learning on the host family’s farm.
Global Programs has been partnering with the IFAA for over 30 years to help educate the interns on agriculture in Iowa. The group had the opportunity to learn about crop, swine and beef production in Iowa through presentations by Iowa State University faculty and staff. The group also toured the Iowa State University Meat Lab and BioCentury Research Farm. A special thanks to all of the faculty and staff that helped make this visit educational and informational for the group.
The ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has recently signed or renewed agreements with the following institutions/organizations:
|Bangladesh||Rural Development Academy|
|China||Northwest A & F University|
|Japan||Meiji University School of Agriculture|
|Peru||Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina|
|Thailand||Panyapiwat Institute of Management|
Borlaug Fellows Conduct Research Projects at ISU
Former Borlaug Fellow, Esther Nampeera returned to Iowa State University to further her research on horticultural plant growth and development as part of her Ph.D. program. Esther was hosted by the Global Programs Department in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and mentored by Gail Nonnecke, Professor in Horticulture. Esther’s first visit to Iowa State University was in September 2014, when she was a recipient of the Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (Borlaug LEAP); during her first visit she worked with Gail Nonnecke to plan her research projects and methods. Read more . . .
Esther Kimani visited Iowa State University (ISU) as part of the Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program. Esther was hosted by the Global Programs Department in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and mentored by Gary Munkvold, Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology & Microbiology through the Seed Science Center at Iowa State University. Esther visited Iowa State from Kenya with a background in molecular biology and conducted research on the maize chlorotic mottle virus (MCMV). MCMV in combination with a cereal potyvirus, causes the maize lethal necrosis disease. Read more . . .
Visiting Intern from Uganda: Geoffrey Ssekyanzi
CALS Global Programs along with Tom Brumm, the Mary and Charles Sukup Global Professor in Food Security and Associate Professor in Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering (ABE) hosted Geoffrey Ssekyanzi from Uganda. Geoffrey visited Iowa State University in partnership with Makerere University and the ISU-Uganda Program through the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods. Read more . . .
CALS Students Spend Spring 2018 Abroad
Daniel Burdick, junior, Microbiology, American Farm School, Thessaloniki, Greece.
Jack Burns, junior, Global Resource Systems, American Farm School, Thessaloniki, Greece.
David Couri, sophomore, Microbiology, American Farm School, Thessaloniki, Greece.
Chelsea Ferrie, senior, Global Resource Systems and Agronomy, ISARA, Lyon, France.
Heidi Fichter, junior, Agricultural Education and Studies, American Farm School, Thessaloniki, Greece.
Blake Hoover, junior, Agricultural Business, University College Dublin, Ireland.
Jill Kessenich, junior, Agricultural Business and International Agriculture, University College Dublin, Ireland.
Bonnie Morrison, junior, Animal Ecology, University College Dublin, Ireland.
Chelsea Pilipiszyn, senior, Animal Science, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany.
Laura Schwartz, senior, Landscape Architecture COD, University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria.
Marcus Weber, senior, Animal Science, year-long exchange program at the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany.
Allison Jaeger, Senior in Global Resource Systems (GRS) and Dietetics from Mount Vernon, Iowa, recently received the CALS Council “Distinguished Service Award” for her involvement on campus, throughout the Ames community, and abroad. Allison reflects on how her international internship to Bolivia in the summer of 2017 has personally impacted her and helped position her for the next step in her future, “Going international has helped to prepare me to be a global citizen and assisted me in better understanding how the work that I do can affect others.” During Allison’s internship in Bolivia, she applied what she had learned in the classroom at Iowa State University and within her GRS classes as she worked to educate people of all ages and diverse populations on the benefits of food nutrition. Allison feels that her international internship has helped her grow personally and professionally as she was immersed in a different culture having to speak a foreign language and understand others’ values and principles. Allison also mentioned that the internship has helped her “become more flexible and adaptable to situations as they arise” and these skills she plans to carry on throughout her career and into the future. We wish Allison the best as she will be completing her dietetic internship in January 2018, where she will be working at a hospital in Des Moines before traveling to Ghana in June to educate diverse populations on food nutrition and the benefits of eating healthy. Allison would encourage any student planning to study abroad to “own the experience and be an advocate” while making the most of the opportunity.
New Scholarship Available
The Jeff Zimpleman- Iowa Sister States Scholarship is for Iowa students to travel abroad. The scholarship can be used for a study abroad experience (semester or year), an internship, a conference, an independent project, etc. in the area of international business, international agriculture-related studies, international relations/culture (to include language, art, and music) in one of Iowa’s 9 sister states. The experience must be in one of 9 sister states to qualify for the scholarship. The deadline for applications is February 1, 2018. For more information, visit Iowa Sister States
Where are CALS Faculty/Staff Traveling?
- David Acker, CALS Admin, Uganda, project follow-up
- Francesca Bertolini, Animal Science, New Zealand, invited presentation at international conference
- Anna Butters-Johnson, Animal Science, Canada, participate in international conference
- Jack Dekkers, Animal Science, New Zealand, participate in annual meeting
- Philip Gassman, CARD, China, India, Hong Kong, invited presentation at international conference; research
- Colin Johnson, Animal Science, Canada, participate in international conference
- Susan Lamont, Animal Science, New Zealand, participate in international conference
- Dirk Maier, ABE, Rwanda, Switzerland, Germany, attend annual meeting; Borlaug fellow follow-up; project collaboration
- Gail Nonnecke, Horticulture, Uganda, lead student travel course
- John Patience, Animal Science, Canada, participate in international conference
- Jason Ross, Animal Science, Canada, participate in international conference
- Kenneth Stalder, Animal Science, New Zealand, participate in international conference
- Cindy Long Yu, Statistics, China, invited presentation at international conference; research
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Application Deadline: Enhancing Students Global Experience: Agriculture in Costa Rica
Friday, January 12, 2018 Application Deadline: Agriculture, Food and Natural Resource Systems of Brazil
Friday, January 12, 2018 Application Deadline: EARTH Service Learning Program, U.S. Virgin Islands, Summer
Monday, January 15, 2018 Application Deadline: Service-Learning in Tanzania: Sustainable Development and Gender Equality
Thursday, January 18, 2018 Iowa State University Study Abroad Fair
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 CALS Career Day
Thursday, February 1, 2018 Application Deadline: Summer Tropical Forest and Coral Reef Experiences in Belize
Sunday, February 4, 2018 Application Deadline: International, Industrial/Academic Leadership Experience in Taiwan
Thursday, February 15, 2018 Application Deadline: EARTH Service Learning Program, U.S. Virgin Islands, Fall
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