March-April 2008

FAS Seeking University Expertise on Biosecurity/Biosafety for Project in Thailand
USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service is seeking university faculty to assist in developing a biosecurity and biosafety training program in collaboration with the National Institute of Animal Health in Thailand. Interested universities should contact Peter Benson, Program Manager (202-690-1943) or Andrew White, Management Specialist (202-690-4872) to obtain the Scope of Work for this project. Expressions of interest are due in at FAS by April 16, 2008.

Borlaug Fellows at ISU
Three Borlaug Fellow are currently spending time with faculty mentors in the CALS at ISU. Bhawana Mishra from India is working with Lester Wilson in FSHN, Rabha Abdelwahd from Morocco is working with Kan Wang in Agronomy and Vjekoslav Tanaskovik from Macedonia is being mentored by Ramesh Kanwar in ABE.  Please visit Borlaug Fellowship Program for more information.  If you are interested in being a Borlaug mentor, please contact Denise Bjelland  or Eduarda Becerra

Paid International Internships with the USDA Foreign Ag Service
USDA-FAS is looking for outstanding senior and graduate level college and university students to work in our OVERSEAS offices to promote U.S. agricultural interests through the International Agricultural Internship Program (IAIP) for Spring and Summer, 2009. The USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service, one of the 4 U.S. government foreign service agencies, places about 10 students each semester (spring, summer and fall) with excellent analysis, marketing, writing, language and organizational skills and experience to work on international agricultural trade policy issues, commodity and market analysis and organizing trade events in our overseas offices for a 10-16 week PAID INTERNSHIP. U.S. citizen students who are majoring in a business or science related agricultural field, i.e. Ag Econ, Econ, Finance, Business or Marketing, International Studies or Relations, Law or in a Biotechnology Program are eligible. Online registration for Spring 2009 semester closes on July 1, 2008, and Summer 2009 application deadline is November 15, 2008.

Spring 2009 Study Abroad Proposals Due May 1
Professors and/or staff who are interested in leading a Spring 2009 programs, are reminded that the application deadline for submitting a proposal to SAEAC is May 1. Please contact Shelley Taylor with questions.

Over 70 CALS Students Study Abroad this Spring

Country Department Group Leader(s) Number of
Australia Economics Ebby Luvaga
Sergio Lence
Tom Loynachan
Costa Rica EEOB Fred Janzen
Lisa Schwanz
Costa Rica MANNRS (graduate)   7
Costa Rica NREM Jim Pease
James Dinsmore
Honduras GDCB Don Sakaguchi 11
Mexico EEOB/Entomology John Nason
Mary Harris

Several CALS Study Abroad Travel Courses Set for Summer, 2008

Country Department Focus Group Leaders Dates
South Korea
Great Expectations: The Three Gorges Dam and Other Development Projects in China and South Korea

Dick Schultz
Denise Bjelland
Mike Quist
Difei Shen

May 11 - June 14, 2008
Costa Rica Agronomy Soils and Crops of Costa Rica Randy Killorn
Lee Burras
May 10 - 20, 2008
Denmark Animal Science Nordic Agriculture Colin Johnson
Ken Stalder
May 11 - 31, 2008
Germany Economics Bioenergy, Food and Agriculture Robert Jolly
William Edwards
Stacey Noe
May 13 - May 23, 2008
India ABE
Integrated Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Systems: Improving Rural Livelihoods in India Gail Nonnecke
Steve Freeman
Manju Reddy
May 14 - June 14, 2008
Panama Agronomy International Program in Sustainable Development Russ Mullen
Anne Hawkins
May 11 - June 9, 2008
Peru FSHN Multidisciplinary Experiential Study of International Nutrition in Peru Cheryll Reitmeier
Grace Marquis
May 31- June 27, 2008
Spain Agronomy
Animal Science
Euro-Mediterranean Study Abroad Program

Lance Gibson
Jeff Berger
Eduarda Becerra

May 10-22, 2008
The Netherlands Horticulture Experience The Netherlands

Ann Marie VanderZanden
Cindy Haynes
Dick Gladon

May 11-22, 2008
Uganda Agronomy
Service Learning in Uganda: Creating a School Garden Gail Nonnecke
Lee Burras
June 1 - July 5, 2008


International Visitors to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Dates of Visit


Visitor(s) Department/Contact
February 6 - 8

 Spain (University of Lleida)

3 visitors

David Acker
February 21 - March 7, 2008  Ukraine (USDA-FAS Cochran Visiting Scholars Program) 3 business leaders Ext Value Added Agriculture
Madeline Schultz
March 3, 2008 - March 3, 2009

 China (Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University, Yangling)

Yan Baowen NREM
Mark Tomer
March 2 - 24, 2008  Romania (University Dunarea de Jos) Aura Daraba

Aubrey Mendonca

March 11 - 13, 2008  Belgium (Ghent University) Christian Stevens


Larry Johnson

March 13 - April 25, 2008  India (CCS Haryana Agricultural University)
Borlaug Fellow
Bhawana Mishra FSHN
Lester Wilson
March 14 - April 25, 2008  Morocco (INRA)
Borlaug Fellow
Rabha Abdelwahd

Kan Wang

March 21 - April 26, 2008  Macedonia (University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius)
Borlaug Fellow
Vjekoslav Tanaskovik ABE
Ramesh Kanwar
March 30 - September 30, 2008  Brazil (Federal University of Vicosa) Davi Melo de Oliveira Agronomy
Antonio Mallarino
April 1 - 6, 2008  Poland 7 farmers GAP
Denise Bjelland
April 15 - June 10, 2008  India (North Maharashtra University) Vijay Maheshwari Agronomy
Jeff Wolt

Where are CALS Faculty/Staff Traveling?

  • David Acker, Ag Admin, Costa Rica, investigate future student/faculty programs
  • Raymond Arritt, Agronomy, Italy; Germany, participate in international conferences; invited presentation
  • Jean Batzer, Plant Pathology, Brazil, training
  • Alok Bhandari, Statistics, India, project collaboration
  • Denise Bjelland, GAP, Costa Rica, present poster at international conference
  • Dan Burden, CCUR, Croatia, invited presentation at international conference
  • Joe Cortes, Seed Science Center, Ghana; Kenya, project follow-up
  • Rick Cruse, Agronomy, Hungary; Slovakia, invited presentation at international conference; teach
  • Jack Dekkers, Animal Science, Scotland, invited presentation at international conference
  • John Downing, EEOB, Spain, aquatic ecology fieldwork
  • Steven Fales, Agronomy, South Korea, participate in international conference
  • Rohan Fernando, Animal Science, Germany, invited presentation at international conference; collaborative research
  • Cornelia Flora, Sociology, Malawi; Bolivia, research; SANREM; climate change seminar
  • Jan Flora, Sociology, Bolivia, SANREM; climate change seminar
  • Dorian Garrick, Animal Science, Ireland, scientific program review at UCD
  • Philip Gassman, CARD, Brazil, invited presentations/lectures
  • Lance Gibson, Agronomy, Spain, student travel course site visit
  • David Grewell, ABE, Colombia, participate in international conference
  • Jay Harmon, ABE, China, project collaboration
  • Adela Ida Harries, Seed Science Center, Morocco, participate in international conference
  • Matthew Helmers, ABE, Australia, invited presentation at international conference, research
  • Brian Hornbuckle, Agronomy, Italy, participate in international conference
  • Robert Horton, Agronomy, Israel, participate in international conference
  • Michael Kaiser, Animal Science, Scotland, participate in international conference
  • Kendall Lamkey, Agronomy, South Africa, meet with Minister of Agriculture
  • Susan Lamont, Animal Science, Scotland, participate in international conference
  • Donald Lewis, Entomology, Costa Rica, lead study abroad experience for farmers, producers, Extension staff
  • Wade Miller, Ag Ed and Studies, Georgia, project collaboration
  • Russ Mullen, Agronomy, Panama, student travel course site visit
  • Palle Pedersen, Agronomy, Switzerland, research
  • Kenneth Stalder, Animal Science, Finland, invited presentation/lectures
  • Brian Steward, ABE, Brazil, project collaboration; renew exchange agreement
  • Shelley Taylor, GAP, Costa Rica, investigate future student/faculty programs
  • Christopher Tuggle, Animal Science, Scotland, participate in international conference
  • Hongwei Xin, ABE, China, research
  • X.B. Yang, Plant Pathology, Taiwan, project collaboration

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