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Agronomy Department Review 2012 University of Florida Overview Student involvement Scientific collaborations Conferences and Meetings International Center and IFAS International Programs Individual Faculty Collaborations ID: 546168

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International Programs

Agronomy Department Review


University of FloridaSlide2


Student involvement

Scientific collaborations

Conferences and Meetings

International Center and IFAS International Programs

Individual Faculty Collaborations

Funded Research - USAID

Strengths, Vision and WeaknessesSlide3

Student Training

Undergraduate internships/short term scholars


rimarily Brazil and Central America

Graduate student training

Over 50 students since 2000

All departmental areas

40-50% of agronomy students

Wide range of countries and backgroundsSlide4

Visiting Scientists/Sabbaticals


, Poland, China, Japan, India, Ghana,


International Sabbatical Leaves

Maria Gallo – Netherlands

Barry Tillman – Queensland, Australia

Rob Gilbert – EARTH Costa RicaSlide5

International Conferences


Crop Science





International Weed Science SocietyEuropean

Weed Research SocietyForage Breeding SymposiumFuture Farm World ConferenceLatin/South American Weed Science SocietyAsian Pacific Weed Science SocietyInternational Union of Forest Research OrganizationsSlide6

University of Florida International Center/IFAS International Programs

Strong collaboration with UFIC

Dean David Sammons – Agronomy faculty

Peace Corps recruiting – Amy


Sandra Russo – Center for Women’s Studies

IFAS International Programs – Walter Bowen

Several projects in Haiti, Malawi, Tanzania, Mozambique

Interaction with CIAT, Winrock, othersSlide7

Individual Collaborations

Dr. Rob Gilbert

- joint

project with USDA and EARTH University in Costa Rica for


Dr. Joao


- UF liaison, National Agricultural Research Institute in Guyana and the University Federal Rural of Pernambuco

BrazilDr. David Wright - project director of student and professor for Agricultural University in Poznan, PolandSlide8

Individual Collaborations

Dr. Lynn


- University

of Parana

– Brazil, reciprocal agreement

Dr. Ken

Langeland - Cuba’s Cienega

de Zapata invasive plants - Melaleuca quinquenerviaDr. Bill Haller - USAID Guatemala, hydrilla problems in Lake Itzabal, the largest fresh water lake in Central AmericaDr. Ann Blount - EMBRAPA, Brazil, UNNE, Argentina, and several Caribbean universities on breeding/evaluating tropical forages, agreement with Quaker OatsSlide9

Individual Collaborations

Dr. Ken Buhr

- team



Food Security through Poverty Alleviation” for Save the Children in

Uganda and USAID-funded

project for the Ministry of Agriculture in MozambiqueDr.

Yoana Newman - training in Nicaragua with Farmer-to-Farmer and the Florida Volunteer CorpsDr. Fredy Altpeter - International Livestock Research Institute in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for research on elephantgrass improvementSlide10

Individual Collaborations

Dr. Ken


Peanut CRSP, over 15 years


Pacific Network Project

- Climate and Agricultural Risk Management in Hyderabad, India, Dhaka, Bangladesh and Phnom Penh,

CambodiaMentored 4 Ph.D. graduate students with Khon Kaen University, Thailand. USAID and ICRISAT crop growth modelingAgricultural Model Improvement and Intercomparison Project in Campinas, Brazil, east Africa and South


8 international

training courses on crop

modelinghosted 21 International Exchanges between himself and scientists from several countries 24 international meetings since 2000.Slide11

Peanut Cooperative Research Support Program (Peanut CRSP)

USAID funded – peanut production and utilization

Dr. Ken


crop modeling in western Africa,


, Burkina Faso, Benin,

and MaliDr. Barry Tillman - Bolivia cultivar selection for disease resistance and works with USDA-Griffin to facilitate germplasm exchange Slide12

Peanut CRSP


MacDonald – University of Georgia, NGO’s


growers in the


region of Guyana and

northern Haiti

improved varieties, fertility, agronomic practices, and pest managementpeanut butter based school feeding programs in Guyana, where over 4000 students are provided a snack each day throughout 47 villages in the region. In Haiti, peanuts are utilized to produce Medika-Mamba for a local orphanagePhD Student, Alyssa Cho conducting graduate studies in GuyanaSlide13

Program Strengths

Good collaborations

Within the university through UFIC and IFAS

Continued graduate student training

Established working relationships with international institutions

Success with the Peanut CRSP


7 international faculty within the department Slide14

Program Strengths

Peace Corps – Masters International Program

Established this spring

9 departments within College of Ag. & Life Sciences

Greg MacDonald is MI Coordinator

Non-thesis Master’s degreeSlide15


Stronger collaborations with


exchanges – World Food Crops breeding position

Stronger presence with USAID and CRSP programs

Gates Foundation, others

Peace Corps – MI program for graduate student recruitmentSlide16


Decreased funding and flexibility for international programs

CRSP model heavily scrutinized by USAID

Feed the Future mandates – targeted countries

No consolidated effort at the department or even college level


does international work contribute to the overall faculty packet


Can international work be more than a ticket item for promotion?Slide17