September-October 2009

Feeding the World Seminar Series
Mark your calendars to attend the international seminar series entitled Feeding the World: Are We Making Progress? The first seminar, scheduled for September 22, from 12-1 p.m. in the Ensminger Room, 1204 Kildee Hall, will feature invited speaker Dr. Greg BeVier from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. His seminar topic is “Agriculture Development and Livestock: What we do at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.”

This seminar series is in its third consecutive year and is sponsored by the M.E. Ensminger International Chair in Animal Agriculture, Raymond and Mary Baker Chair in Global Agriculture, and the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods.

9th European IFSA Symposium: July 4-7, 2010, in Vienna
Building Sustainable Rural Future: The Added Value of Systems Approaches in Times of Change and Uncertainty is the focus of the 9th European IFSA Symposium July 4-7, 2010, in Vienna.

Overview of key dates:
October 15, 2009 - Submission of abstracts to workshop conveners
November 1, 2009 - Notification of authors
January 15, 2010 - Submission of full papers
April 15, 2010 - Submission of final version of the papers

For more information:

FAS International Agricultural Internship Program Opportunities in Asia
The International Agricultural Internship Program (IAIP) provides international agricultural trade experience to senior and graduate college and university students that have the background and interest to help our 90 overseas offices promote U.S. agricultural interests abroad. The deadlines for applications are November 1 for SUMMER (May-September) and March 1 for FALL (September-December).

Young Researchers Seminar in Montpellier, France
The French Initiative for International Agricultural Research (FI4IAR) is organizing its first biennial seminar for young researchers working in developed and developing countries. Entitled Exploring Agricultural Research for the Future: A dialogue between young researchers from the South and the North, the event will provide an opportunity for doctoral and postdoctoral students to dialogue and to establish links between young researchers from the North and the South. The event will take place during the Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD) scheduled for March 28 - April 1, 2010.

European Commission Launches New Calls for Research Proposals
The European Commission has launched new calls for research proposals in a variety of areas - all open to partnerships with countries from outside the European Research Area, including the United States. U.S. research institutions, universities and industry are invited to join research proposals under the Cooperation and Capacities Programs of the Seventh Framework Program for Research and Development (FP7). Research areas include climate change, pollution, alternative testing strategies for pharmaceuticals and the management of the marine environment. Space research and security research have also been added as part of the EC-US Agreement for Scientific and Technological Cooperation.

International Visitors to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Dates of Visit


Visitor(s) Department/Contact
July 15 - 16, 2009  Italy (University of Bari) Giacomo Scarascia Magnozza

Richard Gladon

August 4 - October 26, 2009  Uganda Jackson Nteeba Horticulture
Gail Nonnecke
September 1 - 10, 2009  Bulgaria (Trakia University) 11 extension staff ABE
Ramesh Kanwar
September 1 - December 20, 2009  Costa Rica Edwin Suarez Soil Tilth Lab
Daniel Olk
September 17 - 18, 2009  Philippines (Pampanga Agricultural College) Zosimo M. Battad Global Agriculture Programs
Denise Bjelland
September 26 - November 7, 2009  India (Karnataka Forest Department) 2 government officials

Richard Schultz

October 4 - 26, 2009  Uganda (Makerere University) Boniface Orum Horticulture
Gail Nonnecke
October 10 - 17, 2009  Uganda (Makerere University) Michael Ugen CSRL
Mark Westgate

Where are CALS Faculty/Staff Traveling?

  • Bruce Babcock, Economics, France, invited presentation at international conference
  • Daniel Barker, Agronomy, China, People-to-People Citizen Ambassador Program
  • Eduarda Becerra, GAP, India, project collaboration
  • Carl Bern, ABE, China; India, invited presentation at international conference; project collaboration
  • Joe Cortes, Seed Science Center, Kenya; Peru, project follow-up and collaboration
  • Steven Fales, Agronomy, Puerto Rico, student recruitment
  • Cornelia Flora, Sociology, Ghana, consulting
  • Steve Freeman, ABE, Czech Republic, project collaboration, study abroad opportunities
  • Dorian Garrick, Animal Science, Spain, advisory committee meeting
  • Mark Gleason, Plant Pathology, Italy, invited presentation/lectures
  • Jay Harmon, ABE, China, invited presentation/lectures
  • Adela Ida Harries, Seed Science Center, Italy, participate in international conference
  • Jay-lin Jane, FSHN, Finland; Thailand, participate in international conferences
  • Helen Jensen, Economics, Canada, participate in international conference
  • Ramesh Kanwar, ABE, China; Croatia; Bulgaria; India, invited presentations at international conferences; project collaboration
  • Elisabeth Lonergan, Animal Science, Denmark, invited presentation at international conference
  • Steven Lonergan, Animal Science, Denmark, invited presentation at international conference
  • Thomas Lubberstedt, Agronomy, Germany, participate in international conference
  • William Meeker, Statistics, Czech Republic, invited presentation at international conference
  • Manjit Misra, Seed Science Center, Kenya, project collaboration
  • Ron Prescott, Economics, Ghana, Ag Credit Program consultant
  • Max Rothschild, Animal Science, China, invited presentation/lectures
  • Jim Rouse, Agronomy, China, People-to-People Citizen Ambassador Program
  • Patrick Schnable, Agronomy, France; Germany, invited presentations at international conferences
  • Brian Steward, ABE, China, invited lecturer
  • Eugene Takle, Agronomy, Switzerland, participate in international conference
  • Sterling Taylor, Agronomy, Turkey, invited presentation/lectures
  • Lester Wilson, FSHN, India, project collaboration

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