May-June 2017

USDA-FAS Funding Opportunity

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) announces the availability of funding through cost reimbursable agreements for the Scientific Cooperation Research Program (SCRP) for fiscal year (FY) 2017.  The objective of SCRP is to reduce global poverty and hunger by supporting applied scientific research, extension, or education projects that address challenges faced by small farmers in emerging economies.  For the purposes of this announcement, small farmers are those that own or lease less than 124 acres (50 hectares) of land.  This land must be used to support subsistence or cash crop farming.  The selected countries are Bangladesh, Ghana, Guatemala, and Kenya. Countries that are part of the East African Community Region and the Central America Region are also eligible.

SCRP 2017 Notice of Funding Opportunity.pdf

Application Deadline to USDA-FAS:  Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST

Please contact Denise Bjelland  or Tammi Martin in the Global Programs-CALS office for more information or for assistance in proposal preparation and submission. 

Webinar:  Opportunities for International Engagement and Research Cooperation

On April 13, 2017, USDA- FAS/NIFA hosted a webinar entitled “Opportunities for International Engagement and Research Cooperation”  A slightly abridged copy of the slides from the webinar  for your reference and future use can be found here.  A recording of the webinar is available any time at

CALS Study Abroad - Spring 2017

CALS Cyclones traveled abroad over Spring Break and brought back many memories to share!

Agricultural Production, Business and Trade in Australia
Agronomy, Economics

Program Directors:  Dr. Sergio Lence, Dr. Ebby Luvaga, Dr. Marshall McDaniel

Soils and Crops of Costa Rica

Program Director:  Dr. Lee Burras

Integrated Management of Tropical Crops in Costa Rica
Plant Pathology, Entomology and Horticulture

Program Directors:  Barb Clawson, Dr. Mark Gleason, Dr. Erin Hodgson, Dr. Donald Lewis

Brexit:  The British Vote to Exit from the EU, History and Possible Outcomes (England, Scotland)

Program Directors: Terry Alexander and Amy Brandau

Service Learning, US Virgin Islands

Program Directors: Dr. Richard Schultz and Dr. Julie Blanchong

Scholarships Make Study Abroad a Reality for CALS Students

Every semester, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Study Abroad Office gives out scholarships to offset the cost of international experiences for the students participating in study abroad programs. These scholarships would not be possible without our generous donors. Sixty eight students were awarded study abroad scholarship for their summer study abroad programs made possible by the following scholarships:

  • Jerry Benning Study Abroad Fund Scholarship,
  • Dwight and Marilyn Conover study Abroad Scholarship
  • Louis M.Thompson Study Abroad Scholarship
  • Jay and Julie Cornelius Jacobi Scholarship For Agricultural study Abroad
  • Jim and Connie Mohn Scholarship,
  • Max and Denise Rothschild Undergraduate Student Foreign Travel Fund
  • Robert Maxwell International Service Learning Scholarship
  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean’s Study Abroad Leadership Scholars Scholarship
  • Behrens Scholarship For study Abroad
  • Smith Scholarship
  • Dean’s Global Agriculture and Food Leadership Program Scholarship
  • Study abroad endowed scholarship

Annual Scholarship Recognition Dinner Connects Donors and Recipients

The annual scholarship recognition dinner provides an opportunity to recognize donors and their scholarship recipients. At this year’s event, held on April 4, Jay and Julie Cornelius Jacobi, Jim and Connie Mohn, Smith, Behrens, and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean’s Study Abroad Leadership scholars had the opportunity to show their appreciation for the gifts of donors.  The evening provided an opportunity for the scholars to share their experience with the donors and allowed the donors to meet and interact with the students they help.  Here is what some of our scholars had to say about their study abroad experience.


The most rewarding part of my study abroad experience was trying to understand the mindset and thought processes of other people, who live drastically different lives and have a very different worldview, and have been socialized entirely differently from myself, and to try and fit that worldview into my own. In trying to accomplish this, I learned a lot about myself, the people I know, and I hope, people around the world. 

-Alex Handel, Bhutan
(Dean's Leadership Scholar)



Being able to compare and contrast the differences of another country first hand is an amazing experience. I particularly appreciated the vast variety of the farms we were able to visit, and how knowledgeable and open all of the presenters were. I was able to learn an enormous amount in a short time this way.

-Rebecca Ness, Australia
(Jacobi Scholar)









As a whole, my experience in Rome was incredibly rewarding. Having the opportunity to experience the work environment at the FAO has given me a better understanding of possible career paths after Iowa State. Additionally, exploring the Italian culture and the city of Rome is something that I will always remember. 

-Caleb Floss, Rome (Smith Scholar)







I can easily say that the time I had in Asia was highly educational and exactly the type of cultural insight I needed to better understand trade and agricultural business in both America and Asia. Traveling to China was a step out of my comfort zone because their customs, language, food, and everyday life is far more different than anything I have ever experienced. Whether it was a huge outlet mall full of cheap brand name merchandise, a Green Tea flavored McFlurry, a wet market, or the U.S. Embassy, there was something to learn. Overall, the trip was amazing and certainly gave me a whole new perspective about the world outside of the United States. 

-Edan Lambert, China (Jim and Connie Mohn’s Scholar)





The most rewarding part of my trip to Belize was being able to work hands on with the two organizations that we teamed up with. We spent a week at a field ecology site called TREES working with herpetology population studies as well as helping band birds after catching them with mist nets. The second week we worked with Calabash Caye and we were able to study fish diversity in the Belize Barrier Reef. Helping to make a difference in regards to research was an experience I wouldn't trade for anything.

-Courtnie Carver, Belize (Behrens Scholar)




CALS Students Depart for Summer Global Experiences

Eight travel courses from various CALS departments will provide an opportunity for 92 students to travel abroad to Asia, Africa and Europe this summer.

Fruit and Vegetable Crop Production in Germany
Program Directors: Dr. Gail Nonnecke, Dr. Ajay Nair and Richard Jauron
This fruit and vegetable production study abroad course will allow students to gain valuable knowledge, skills, and abilities about principles and practices of commercial horticultural crops.

International, Industrial/Academic Leadership Experience in Taiwan
Program Director: Joe Vanstrom
Students will travel to Taiwan and stay on the campus of Chung Yuan Christian University (CYCU) and participate in the Industrial Academic Leadership Experience Program. II/ALE is a program organized annually by CYCU since 2007, allowing students in engineering and related majors from seven countries the opportunity to complete three-week long projects in multi-national and multi-disciplinary teams, attend lectures, field trips and cultural activities in Taiwan. 

Cathedrals, Castles, Culture and Cuisine-sustainable, Safe, & Nutritious Food in France
Program Director: Dr. Kurt Rosentrater
Students will learn about development of sustainable systems to produce food.  They will also have many opportunities to experience French cuisine and French culture as related to food and will obtain different perspectives in terms of diet, food production and the major role of food in French culture.

Creating a School Garden: Service-Learning in Uganda
Program Directors: Dr. Richard Schultz, Dr. Julie Blanchong, Dorothy Masinde, Dr. Tom Brumm, Kevin Duerfeldt
This service learning internship allows Iowa State students to work in Uganda developing a school garden for an elementary school in the Kamuli District. This project is in partnership with the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences' Sustainable Rural Livelihoods Program (CSRL) and Makerere University.

Rome: Dean's Global Agriculture and Food Leadership Program
Program Directors: Dr. Joe Colletti, Dr. Ted MacDonald, Dr. Ruth MacDonald, Shelley Taylor
This integrated production and policy program will allow students to gain valuable knowledge, skills and abilities with respect to global agricultural production, resources and food issues. Students will combine coursework conducted at ISU and on-site work with professional teams in Rome to explore real-world projects focused on global food and agriculture issues.

Exploring Ethical Challenges of Leadership - Poland and Germany
Program Directors: Beth Foreman and Breanna Wetzler
Students will learn about the ethical decisions made by leaders and ordinary people during the Holocaust through topical tours and apply those concepts to their personal life as well as agriculture and life sciences professions.

Animal and Dairy Science in The Netherlands
Program Directors: Dr. Jack Dekkers and Jessica Juarez
This program will include a wide range of visits to gain an understanding of the dairy and other livestock industries in The Netherlands, including (tentatively) Europe’s largest feed mill, an AI breeding station and museum, pig and poultry breeding stations, a dairy cooperative, livestock research stations, a factory that makes milk robots and other automation tools for livestock production, several livestock farms, from small to large and traditional to organic.

Global Food and Agriculture: China
Program Directors: Maggie Sprecher, Kevin Duerfeldt and Dr. Fei Shuizhang
Through this course, students will explore the different perspectives of the food and agricultural industries through visits to producers and processors, food industries, government and non-government organizations and university partners who are active in food and agriculture.

CALS International Visitors

Visit Dates Country/
Visitor(s) Department/
April 29 - May 7 2017 Uganda

Keith Balondemu
Gideon Nadiopoe

Denise Bjelland
June 19, 2017 Nuffield Scholars Day
(Australia, Brazil, Ireland,
The Netherlands, New Zealand,
United Kingdom)
10 scholars CSRL
Tammi Martin



Where Are CALS Faculty/Staff Traveling?



  • David Acker, CALS Admin, Taiwan, Uganda, project collaboration; project follow-up
  • Rajeev Arora, Horticulture, China, invited presentation/lectures; project collaboration
  • Raymond Arritt, Agronomy, Austria, invited presentation at international conference
  • Emily Berg, Statistics, Italy, participate in international conferrence
  • Steven Bradbury, NREM, Mexico, invited presentation at international conference
  • Charles Burras, Agronomy, Uganda, research
  • Michael Castellano, Agronomy, Austria, participate in international conference
  • Jodi Cornell, Global Programs, South Korea, participate in international conference
  • Hannah Darr, Horticulture, USVI, work with ISU EARTH interns
  • Kevin Duerfeldt, Horticulture, China, co-lead student travel course
  • Shui-Zhang Fei, Horticulture, China, co-lead student travel course
  • Philip Gassman, CARD, Poland, participate in international conference
  • Ulrike Genschel, Statistics, Italy, invited presentation at international conference
  • Robert Horton, Agronomy, Japan, invited presentation at international conference; research
  • Mark Kaiser, Statistics, Italy, participate in international conference
  • Jae-Kwang Kim, Statistics, Canada, South Korea, attend international conferences; project collaboration
  • Susan Lamont, Animal Science, France, invited presentation at international conference
  • Yehua Li, Statistics, Hong Kong, invited presentation at international conference
  • Ebby Luvaga, Economics, Uganda, research
  • John MacDonald, Horticulture, Italy, co-lead student travel course
  • Ruth MacDonald, FSHN, Italy, co-lead student travel course
  • Andrew Manu, Agronomy,  Togo, invited presentation at international conference
  • Renuka Mathur, Agronomy, Togo, invited presentation at international conference
  • William Meeker, Statistics, France, participate in international conference
  • Bradley Miller, Agronomy, Hungary, participate in international conference
  • Daniel Nettleton, Statistics, China, invited presentation at international conference
  • Daniel Nordman, Statistics, Italy, invited presentation at international conference
  • Michael Owen, Agronomy, Mexico, invited presentation at international conference
  • Marshall Ruble, Animal Science, United Kingdom, heritage breeds alumni trip
  • Richard Schultz, NREM, South Korea, participate in international conference
  • Angela Shaw, FSHN, China, project collaboration
  • Denny Shrock, Horticulture, Ecuador, student travel course site visit
  • Beatriz Spalding, EEOB, Spain, lead student travel course
  • Margaret Sprecher, Horticulture, China, co-lead student travel course
  • Kan Wang, Agronomy, Belarus, workshop participation
  • Tong Wang, FSHN, China, research symposia
  • Jonathan Wendel, EEOB, Canada, invited presentation at international conference
  • Donna Winham, FSHN, Ghana, research/teaching
  • Jeffrey Wolt, Seed Science, Mexico, invited presentation at international conference
  • Cindy Long Yu, Statistics, China, participate in international conference; project collaboration
  • Emily Zimmerman, Horticulture, South Korea, participate in international conference


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