March-April 2012

Farmer-to-Farmer Program
The Farmer-to-Farmer (FTF) program, coordinated by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and carried out through several implementing partners, is a voluntary program that provides technical assistance to farmers, farm groups, and agribusinesses in developing countries, while promoting cross-cultural exchange and understanding.   Typical volunteer opportunities last 3-4 weeks and involve a wide range of programs, such as beekeeping, dairy development, aquaculture, horticulture, agro-forestry, and staple food production.    For more information:

Fulbright Scholar Program Open for 2013-2014
The Fulbright Scholar Program is offering teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries for the 2013-2014 academic year. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. There are awards in 45 specific academic disciplines as well as 167 awards open to all disciplines. 

Interested faculty and professionals are encouraged to participate in one of the weekly webinars. Each deals with a topic germane to the 2013-2014 competition, from regional and discipline information to how to fill out an application. For more information:

The application deadline for most awards is August 1, 2012.  U.S. citizenship is required.  For other eligibility requirements and detailed award descriptions visit: or contact via email at

CALS Spring Travel Courses
97 students are studying abroad through CALS programs this spring. Of the 97 students, 95 students will study abroad in 4 countries and 1 U.S. territory through 6 travel courses. Two students are on CALS spring semester exchange programs in Austria and Brazil.  

Country Course Title Department(s) Group Leader(s)
Argentina Argentina - Agricultural Production, Business and Trade in Argentina Agronomy
Sergio Lence
Ebby Luvaga
Thomas Loynachan
China Preparing Current and Future Food and Agricultural Professionals for the U.S. and Chinese-Led Global Economy GAP
Denise Bjelland
Difei Shen
Richard Schultz
Costa Rica Natural History of Costa Rica NREM Steve Dinsmore
Costa Rica Soils and Crops of Costa Rica Agronomy Lee Burras
Jennifer Richter
Mary Tiederman
Honduras Honduras - International Field Trips in Biology: Caribbean Marine Biology GDCB
Biomedical Sciences
Donald Sakaguchi
Dusan Palic
U.S. Virgin Islands Educating Youth Through Horticulture in the Virgin Islands Horticulture Jennifer Bousselot
Cynthia Haynes

International Visitors to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Dates of Visit


Visitor(s) Department/Contact
March 19



Pat Schnable

April 9 - June 30

 Malawi (Borlaug Fellowship Program)

Grace Kaudzu

M. Bhattacharyya

April - June  Iraq (USDA-FAS Scientific Exchange)

Wazeera Al-Jak

Vet Med
Ronald Morgan

April - October  Bangladesh (Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council) Abul Kashem

Ag Admin
John Lawrence

 Where are CALS Faculty/Staff Traveling?

  • David Acker, CALS Admin, Italy, Uganda, meetings with FAO; project follow-up
  • Bruce Babcock, Economics, Argentina, project collaboration
  • Denise Bjelland, Global Ag Programs, China, lead student/farmer travel course
  • Julie Blanchong, NREM, China, student/farmer travel course
  • Tami Corcoran, CSRL, Uganda, project collaboration
  • Joe Cortes, Seed Science Center, Nigeria, project follow-up
  • Kathleen Delate, Agronomy, Canada, invited presentation at international conference
  • James Dickson, Animal Science, Russia, research
  • William Edwards, Economics, Argentina, lead student travel course
  • Steven Freeman, ABE, Georgia, discuss future collaborations
  • Mark Gleason, Plant Pathology, Thailand, Serbia, present seminar; training
  • David Grewell, ABE, Germany, student travel course site visit
  • Adela Ida Harries, Seed Science Center, Kenya, project follow-up
  • Jay-lin Jane-Topel, FSHN, Brazil, discuss future collaboration
  • Jae-Kwang Kim, Statistics, England, present seminar
  • Steve Lonergan, Animal Science, South Korea, student travel course site visit
  • Frederick Lorenz, Statistics, Canada, participate in international conference
  • Antonio Mallarino, Agronomy, Argentina, invited presentation at international conference
  • William Meeker, Statistics, The Netherlands, invited presentation at international conference
  • Manjit Misra, Seed Science Center, India, discuss future collaborations
  • Mohamed Abdul Osman, Animal Science, Australia, participate in international conference
  • Michael Persia, Animal Science, Uganda, project collaboration
  • Jesse Randall, NREM, China, student/farmer travel course
  • Glen Rippke, ABE, Tanzania, participate in international conference
  • Ann Russell, NREM, Costa Rica, research
  • Richard Schultz, NREM, China, lead student/farmer travel course
  • Difei Shen, Global Ag Programs, China, lead student/farmer travel course
  • Heather Simmons, Seed Science Center, Spain, participate in international conference
  • Jodi Sterle, Animal Science, South Korea, student travel course site visit
  • Brian Steward, ABE, Brazil, invited lecturer
  • Christopher Tuggle, Animal Science, Italy, invited presentation/lectures
  • Maximilian Viatori, Anthropology, Peru, research
  • Lester Wilson, FSHN, Belgium, project collaboration
  • X.B. Yang, Plant Pathology, Thailand, invited presentation at international conference

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