November-December 2016

Kosovo Cows Give Birth to American Calves

In 2011, Curtis Youngs, Iowa State University Department of Animal Science, served as a mentor for the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service funded Borlaug Scientific Exchange fellow, hosting a scientist from the University of Prishtina in Kosovo.   Under this grant program, funds are provided for U.S. mentors to conduct a follow-up visit to the fellows’ home countries to pursue further research and collaboration.  Youngs is part of a team of ISU researchers that made possible the first ever successful bovine embryo transfers in the Republic of Kosovo, paving the way toward improved dairy production and food security for the small nation in southeastern Europe.  The first calf was born in Kosovo on July 6, 2015.  Balkan Insight ran a story on the project featuring Youngs and the American connection.  (Despite the language used in the story aimed at a general readership, embryo transfer is a very safe technology that does not involve "hazmat suits" or connect to “aliens.”)  More  

Recent Agreements

The ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has recently signed or renewed agreements with the following institutions/organizations:

Country Institution
Bulgaria Trakia University
Thailand The Thailand Research Fund

CALS Global Program Hosts IFAA Delegation

On December 5-7, 2016,  CALS Global Programs will welcome 25 interns (Brazil and Japan) from the International Farmers Aid Association’s (IFAA) Training Program for Young Farmers.  IFAA is an American non-profit which brings international farmers and agricultural students to the United States to intern on a farm.  While at ISU, interns will attend lectures by various CALS faculty and staff and visit outlying agricultural sites in the Ames area.

Dharwad, India Group Visits ISU

Students and Faculty from University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, India visited Iowa State University as part of the Food and Agriculture Scenario in North America study abroad program hosted by Global Programs.  During their 2-week visit, the group visited Iowa State facilities in agricultural discipline, attended workshops and World Food prize events, toured business in the surrounding area, and participated in various cultural activities.   The University of Agricultural Sciences in Dharwad hosts ISU student groups on alternating summers through a course led by Dr. Manju Reddy, FSHN.  Thanks to all the faculty and staff participated in hosting the group and showcasing their research to the group and making the experience at Iowa State University meaningful and rich.



CALS Study Abroad at a Glance

ISU Students Traveling Abroad this Fall

Agricultural Systems of New Zealand
Leo Timms, Mary Wiedenhoeft
Through visits to farms, industry, and cultural sites, students will study the agricultural systems and exportation market economy of New Zealand, while gaining an appreciation of the history, culture, and geography of the country and its people.  Students will explore the animal (dairy, beef, sheep, and goat), crop (pasture and row crop), and horticultural (apple, blueberry, grape, and kiwi fruit) industries, visit with ag researchers, gain an introduction to bio-security issues, and have the chance to visit an ecological reserve, a Maori cultural area, glow worm caves, geothermal fields, and many other exciting sites.

Natural History of Antarctica
Stephen Dinsmore, Julie Blanchong
Students will travel to Antarctica through Ushuaia, Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina.   They will spend 12 days on a ship exploring the Weddell Sea, Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands.  Throughout the duration of the trip, while on the ship and during daily excursions to the continent, expedition leaders and lecture staff will guide students in viewing wildlife like whales, a huge variety of seabirds, penguins, and seals.  Students will explore the icebergs, mountains and waterways of Antarctica's geography.

Tropical Agricultural Production, International Business and Trade in Panama
Eduarda Becerra, Ebby Luvaga, Russell Mullen
Students will be introduced to tropical agriculture, production, trade, international business and rural life in a developing country first-hand.  It will provide an opportunity to experience another culture and understand agricultural and economic interrelationships in Panama and the global economy.

Study Abroad Fair

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) annual study abroad fair was held on Wednesday October 19th at Iowa Farm Bureau Pavilion in Kildee Hall.  students from 19 majors attended the fair. CALS study abroad fair is one of the several ways Global Program Office promotes upcoming study abroad programs in CALS and also provides resources to information about scholarships and financial aid.




Where are CALS Faculty/Staff Traveling?





  • David Acker, CALS Admin, South Africa, Belgium, Uganda, seminar organization; MOU development, CSRL
  • Silvina Lorena Arias, Plant Pathology, Netherlands, workshop participation
  • Raymond Arritt, Agronomy, Costa Rica, invited presentation at international workshop
  • Eduarda Becerra, Global Programs, Panama, co-lead student travel course
  • Madan Bhattacharyy, Agronomy, India, invited presentation at international conference
  • Julie Blanchong, NREM, Antarctica, co-lead student travel course
  • Song Xi Chen, Statistics, China, participate in international conference; research
  • Joseph Cortes, Seed Science, Ghana, project collaboration
  • Christopher Currey, Horticulture, Canada, invited presentation/lectures
  • Stephen Dinsmore, NREM, Antarctica, co-lead student travel course
  • Sonya Huffman, Economics, Czech Republic, invited presentation at international conference
  • Mark Kaiser, Statistics, Indonesia, teach short course
  • Jae-Kwang Kim, Statistics, South Korea, project collaboration
  • David Laird, Agronomy, France, invited presentation at international conference
  • Thomas Lawler, Agronoy, Ghana, research
  • Thomas Lubberstedt, Agronomy, Tanzania, project follow-up and discussion
  • Ebby Luvaga, Economics, Panama, co-lead student travel course
  • Russ Mullen, Agronomy, Panama, co-lead student travel course
  • Sharanappa Navi, Plant Pathology, China, invited presentation at international conference
  • Kurt Rosentrater, ABE, France, future student intern/exchange program
  • Patrick Schnable, Agronomy, Canada, invited presentation/lectures
  • Yuh Yuan Shyy, Seed Science, China, project collaboration
  • Arti Singh, Agronomy, Mexico, participate in international conference
  • Asheesh Singh, Agronomy, Mexico, participate in international conference
  • Leo Timms, Animal Science, New Zealand, co-lead student travel course
  • Keith Vorst, FSHN, Spain, invited presentation at international conference
  • Mary Wiedenhoeft, Agronomy, New Zealand, co-lead student travel course
  • X.B. Yang, Plant Pathology, China, project follow-up


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