3 CFAES faculty receive USDA Borlaug Fellowships

Three CFAES faculty members, under the leadership of the college’s Office of International Programs in Agriculture, have been awarded international research fellowships through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program. Continue reading

Devising climate-smart agricultural practices for the world’s dry areas

My name is Somanagouda B. Patil, and I’m an Indian citizen currently working at the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas in Rabat, Morocco.

Since April, I’ve been a visiting scholar in CFAES’s Carbon Management and Sequestration Center through the support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program.

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Workshop, and a Tanzanian farmer, make seedling health the foundation of IPM

On a normal day, Joseph Mbuji’s business is managing the production, harvest and delivery components of his diversified vegetable farm in Bagamoyo, Tanzania. But recently, he found himself delivering a lecture about his farm to an international audience at a Seedling Health Workshop at Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) in Morogoro in his country.

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Ohio State tapped to lead major IPM project in East Africa

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJohn Cardina, professor in CFAES’s Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, along with collaborating faculty in the Office of International Programs in Agriculture and four other departments in the college, have been awarded a major Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Innovation Lab project titled “Vegetable Crops for East Africa.” Continue reading

French agriculture minister to speak June 27 at Ohio State

Stéphane_Le_Foll_(2014)CFAES’s Carbon Management and Sequestration Center hosts a free public talk by French Agriculture Minister Stéphane Le Foll, pictured, called “Research on Carbon Sequestration in Soils: A Priority for France,” at 11:30 a.m. this Saturday, June 27, in 333 Kottman Hall on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. CFAES Dean Bruce McPheron will give welcoming remarks. The event flier says, “The theme of ‘carbon sequestration’ is extremely pertinent to addressing climate change and is the focus of the forthcoming COP21 meeting to be held in Paris in December.” COP21 is the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference. (Photo: StagiaireMGIMO (own work) licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons.)

‘Ohio State was well represented and appreciated’

Steve Slack at climate change conferenceCFAES’s Office of International Programs in Agriculture recently co-convened a three-day international conference on climate change and sustainability through the Innovative Agricultural Research Initiative, or iAGRI, a Feed the Future Project in Tanzania funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. Steve Slack, director of OARDC, CFAES’s research arm, is pictured giving some of the conference’s opening remarks. Read the story.

‘I knew it was what I wanted to do with my life’

medium_Seger.Krystal_OSU.jpgKrystal Seger, pictured, serves as a health volunteer in Uganda. A CFAES graduate, she’s one of 64 Ohio State alumni currently serving in the Peace Corps. Read more about her work and about Ohio State’s top 5 ranking as a producer of Peace Corps volunteers here. (Photo: Office of International Programs, CFAES.)

‘Indispensable opportunity’ to make a difference

Kennedy_greeting_Peace_Corps_volunteers,_1961Ohio State ranks fourth on the Peace Corps’ latest list of the top volunteer-producing large universities. In all, 64 current Peace Corps volunteers are Buckeye alumni. Read more, including about CFAES alumna Krystal Seger’s work in Uganda, here. Ohio State’s Peace Corps office is housed within CFAES. The photo, from the U.S. National Archives, shows President John F. Kennedy greeting Peace Corps volunteers in 1961, the year he established the agency. Since then, 1,735 Ohio State graduates have served as Peace Corps volunteers.

‘It was an astonishing experience’

borlaug scholarsCFAES recently hosted four distinguished international researchers — from Bangladesh, Tunisia and two from Ghana — through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program. All four work in sustainable agriculture fields, including protecting plant health, boosting soil quality and preserving crop biodiversity. Read the story …