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2010 Texas A&M AgriLife Success Stories

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  2. 2. 32 Countries 60+ Projects<br />
  3. 3. “Growing Good Kids” Internationally through the Junior Master Gardener Program<br />Lisa Whittlesey, Extension Program Specialist III, Department of Horticultural Sciences, Texas A&M University<br />
  4. 4. Mission: Growing good kids through igniting a passion for learning, success, and service through a unique gardening education.<br />
  5. 5. Program Partnerships – Latin America<br />Translation of Junior Master Gardener curricula and videos into Spanish<br />Utilize bilingual Texas Master Gardeners trained as JMG Specialist as trainers<br />
  6. 6. Latin America<br />Train the trainer programs<br />Chimaltenango, Guatemala in October 2008<br />Tegucigalpa, Honduras – March 2009<br />60 teachers were trained<br />45 children participated<br />
  7. 7. Latin America<br />Summer 2009 - Junior Master Gardener program implemented in orphanages in Guatemala - Chimaltenango region<br />Agua Viva<br />NuestrosPequeñosHermanos<br />
  8. 8. Latin America<br />Utilize summer interns through Borlaug Institute to implement program<br />Program reached over 300 children, primarily orphans<br />Support for Latin American programs through financial support from TAMU Gents student club and Building a Future organization<br />
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  10. 10. Future Plans - Latin America<br />Spring 2010 undergraduate course in horticulture trains students to travel to Latin America to implement the Junior Master Gardener Program<br />Partnership with Amigos de las Americas and Borlaug Institute for sites in Latin America for college student internships<br />Link high school students and college interns through Amigos as mentor program and recruitment<br />Further program expansion through existing and new program partnerships<br />Expansion of Spanish educational materials<br />
  11. 11. Program Partnerships – South Korea<br />Train the trainer program – August 2009<br />29 educators trained in 5 day program<br />
  12. 12. Program Partnerships – South Korea<br />Workshop – Gwacheon National Science Museum<br />Over 100 children participated<br />
  13. 13. Program Partnerships – South Korea<br />
  14. 14. Program Partnerships – South Korea<br />
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  16. 16. Future Plans – South Korea<br />JMG Specialist training – January 2010<br />Partnership with US Embassy in Seoul, Gwacheon National Science Museum, and Junior Master Gardener-Korea to build USDA People’s Garden on museum site which will include a Junior Master Gardener garden for children<br />Further program expansion throughout Korea <br />
  17. 17. Possible Through Partnerships<br />Texas AgriLife Extension Service colleagues<br />Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture<br />Department of Horticultural Sciences faculty<br />Amigos<br />TAMU Gents Organization<br />Building a Future Organization<br />Gwacheon National Science Museum - Korea<br />JMG Korea Staff<br />US Embassy – Seoul, Korea<br />
  18. 18. Ecological Basis for Fisheries Conservation in the Tropics: Collaborative Research & Student Training (Latin America, Africa & Southeast Asia)<br />Tom Lacher, Professor and Head,Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences,Texas A&M University<br />
  19. 19. Inland fisheries provide the major source of animal protein for people in developing countries.<br />
  20. 20. There are huge challenges for sustainable inland fisheries in the tropics. <br />Institutions in developing countries lack resources for research. <br />World Catch<br />
  21. 21. <ul><li>The Lower Mekong Basin supports the largest river fishery in the world – of vital importance to 55 million people who live in the basin.
  22. 22. The fishery is shifting from large, long-lived species to small, early-maturing species.</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>The countries of the Lower Mekong Basin plan to turn the region into the “battery for Asia” by harvesting vast hydropower potential. These dams will severely impact inland fisheries that provide livelihoods and food for millions.
  23. 23. Chouly Ou, WFSC PhD student & Fulbright fellow from Cambodia, is researching fish ecology.</li></li></ul><li>Challenges of Ecological Complexity in Diverse Tropical Systems: the food web research paradigm<br />Texas AgriLife researchers Kirk Winemiller, Dan Roelke & their students have been conducting collaborative, long-term research of the Río Cinaruco, Venezuela. <br />
  24. 24. Endangered Orinoco Crocodile<br />Amazon River Dolphin<br />This river forms the southern border of <br />Santos Luzardo National Park.<br />
  25. 25. Plentiful fish in extremely nutrient-poor waters<br />What sustains this impressive biomass & diversity?<br />
  26. 26. Dr. Dan Roelke & WFSC-PhD student Jose Montoya conducting experiments on aquatic productivity in the Rio Cinaruco.<br />
  27. 27. Texas AgriLife fisheries research in Guyana- aquatic ecology & biodiversity assessment in the Rupununi Savanna<br />
  28. 28. Texas AgriLife Research in Guyana is a collaboration with Professor Calvin Bernard, University of Guyana &Dr. Hernan Lopez, Royal Ontario Museum<br />The business end of a piranha <br />– Rupununi River, Guyana 2009.<br />Dr. Kirk Winemiller keeps his distance from an electric eel captured in a castnet during a recent research project in Guyana.<br />
  29. 29. WFSC PhD students Katie Roach & Carmen Montaña use a seine net to capture fishes from the Rio Tambopata in the Peruvian Amazon. Texas AgriLife researchers are collaborating with the Universidad de San Marcos in Lima on fish ecology studies.<br />
  30. 30. Photo of the head of a blind catfish captured from the muddy waters of Peru’s Rio Tambopata. These strange fishes are carnivores that remove chunks of flesh from fishes much larger than themselves.<br />Katie Roach displays a catfish pulled from the waters of the Rio Tambopata, Peru, during a field survey last year.<br />
  31. 31. Dr. Rocio Rodiles, ECOSUR, discussing fish identification with Dr. Hernan Lopez who received his PhD from TAMU in 2004 & currently is a Curator of the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. Both of them collaborate with Winemiller on biodiversity research in Latin America.<br />
  32. 32. Surveys of the remote Casiquiare River in Southern Venezuela: a Texas AgriLife collaboration with Museo de Ciencias Naturales Guanare, Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Agropecuarias & others (funded by National Geographic)<br />• 270 localities surveyed<br />• 50,000+ specimens collected & databased<br />• 500+ species documented, several undescribed taxa<br />Mucus-feeding catfish. <br />This is an adult!<br />
  33. 33. Fisheries and Aquatic Food Web Research in Benin– collaboration with Dr. Alphonse Adite, Universite d’ Abomey Calavi<br />
  34. 34. TAMU undergrad students Crystal Watkins & Josiah Payne go for a boat ride with Dr. Alphonse Adite. Dr. Adite received his MSc degree from TAMU-WFSC in 1995.<br />
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  36. 36. INTSORMIL Sorghum Program (Southern Africa)<br />Gary C. Peterson, ProfessorTexas AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Lubbock<br />
  37. 37. COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH SUPPORT PROGRAM (CRSP)<br /><ul><li>Created by USAID and BIFAD as a long-term mechanism for agriculture development
  38. 38. Utilize capacity of Land Grant Universities </li></ul> Increase research capacity of developing country institutions<br /> Increase food production<br /> Mutual benefit to developing countries and the U. S.<br /><ul><li>INTSORMIL: International Sorghum and Millet CRSP 1979 – 2006
  39. 39. SMOG: Sorghum, Millet and Other Grains CRSP2006 – Present</li></li></ul><li>SORGHUM<br /><ul><li> United States</li></ul>Primarily feed grain<br /> Export<br /> Production for ethanol <br /><ul><li> Africa</li></ul>Primarily a food grain <br /> 500 million people<br /> Farms - commercial, small-holder<br /> Many small-holder farmers are female<br /><ul><li> Many Types and Uses</li></ul>Home <br /> Grain, Forage, Sweet, Energy<br /> Processed food products<br />
  40. 40. INTSORMIL ORGANIZATION<br />Management Entity<br />University of Nebraska - Lincoln<br />Nebraska<br />Kansas State<br />Ohio State<br />Purdue<br />West Texas A&M<br />Texas A&M<br />USDA-ARS<br />Entomology<br />Socio-Economic<br />Breeding (2) Economics<br />Food Science<br />Striga<br /> Breeding(2)<br />Food Science<br />Breeding<br />Agronomy<br />Pathology<br />Utilization<br />Agronomy<br />Food Science/<br />Entrepreneurship<br />Countries: Africa – 15<br /> Central America - 3<br />Projects - 16<br />Principal Investigators - 17<br />
  41. 41. SORGHUM IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM AND INTSORMIL <br />1979 – Present<br />Breeding, Entomology, Pathology, Food Science, Off-campus<br />Total<br /> Faculty ± 18 <br /> Funding ± $13,000,000<br />Education Total Full Partial SADCC<br /> B.S. 16 9 7 0<br /> M.S. 176 36 129 11<br /> Ph.D. 156 29 122 5<br /> Post-Doc 34 6 26 2 <br /> Visiting Scholar 44 30 12 2<br /> Total 426 110 296 20 <br />
  42. 42. SOUTHERN AFRICA<br />
  43. 43. SOUTHERN AFRICA REGIONAL PROJECTCoordinator: Gary Peterson <br /><ul><li>Agronomy Maria Mozambique Wortmann (UNL)
  44. 44. Breeding Chisi Zambia (ZARI) sorghum Peterson/B. Rooney (TAMU)</li></ul>Mutaliano Mozambique sorghum Peterson/B. Rooney (TAMU)<br />Muuka Zambia (ZARI) millet Wilson (USDA)<br /><ul><li>Economics Tembo Zambia (UNZA) Erbaugh/Larson (OSU)</li></ul>Hamukwala<br /><ul><li>Entomology Chitio Mozambique Pendleton (WTAMU)</li></ul>Munthali Botswana (BCA) Pendleton/Peterson (WTAMU/TAMU)<br /> du Plessis South Africa Pendleton/Peterson (TAMU)<br /><ul><li>Pathology McLaren South Africa (UFS) Peterson/B. Rooney (TAMU)</li></ul>Vismer/Shepard South Africa (MRC) Leslie (KSU)<br /><ul><li>Quality Taylor South Africa (UP) L. Rooney (TAMU) </li></ul>Moonga Zambia (UNZA) Jackson (UNL)<br />
  45. 45. CURRENT ACTIVITY<br />Breeding<br /><ul><li>Develop cultivars with improved yield, stress resistance, and enhanced end-use characteristics
  46. 46. Collaborate with regional breeders, pathologists, entomologists, and food scientists
  47. 47. Graduate students at TAMU or University of the </li></ul> Free State (South Africa), short-term training (TAMU), workshops<br /><ul><li>Utilize Texas research facilities to develop populations for selection and graduate research
  48. 48. Potential variety releases</li></li></ul><li>CURRENT ACTIVITY<br />Cereals/Food Science<br /><ul><li>Processing properties of pearl millets in Namibia
  49. 49. Sorghum milling properties, tannins and polyphenols, malting quality
  50. 50. Evaluation of tef quality for use in production of ingera
  51. 51. Collaborate with breeding programs
  52. 52. Graduate or short-term educational programs
  53. 53. Presentations at symposia, workshops, conferences, industrial companies</li></li></ul><li>NEW OPPORTUNITY<br /><ul><li>Develop sorghums with enhanced brewing and malting quality
  54. 54. Lager beer production</li></ul> Eagle lager<br /><ul><li>Why is this important?</li></ul> Tan plant, white grain types <br /> Defined end-use market, sustainable<br /> Provides cash income to small-holder farmers, many female<br /> Potential to introduce additional technology<br />
  55. 55. BENEFITS of INTSORMIL<br /><ul><li>Access to exotic germplasm used in AgriLife sorghum breeding program
  56. 56. Released lines available to private industry
  57. 57. Students educated in land-grant system
  58. 58. Collaborative research relationships
  59. 59. Stable long-term source of funds</li></li></ul><li>FUTURE<br /><ul><li>Program extension for 2011-2016
  60. 60. Continue collaboration to improve research capability so that national programs can develop and deliver technology to benefit farmers</li></li></ul><li>Armenian-American Agribusiness Education Partnership<br />A Decade of<br />Shaping the World Through<br />Economic and Business Education<br />Armenian State Agrarian University<br />Texas A&M University<br />USDA and US State Department<br />John Nichols, Professor and Head, Department of Agricultural Economics, Texas A&M University<br />
  61. 61. Shaping the Post Soviet World<br />1990s - Transition to Market Economy<br />Transformation and chaos<br />Production is not enough<br />Learning the fundamentals of market forces<br />Understanding role of government<br />
  62. 62. Armenia and Caucasus Region<br />
  63. 63. Project Overview<br />Initiated in 1999 by USDA invitation<br />Faculty recruited, curriculum developed<br />First class of 30 students enrolled in 2000<br />Armenian foundation established in 2004<br />Research and outreach programs added<br />
  64. 64. Shaping Education – The Agribusiness Teaching Center<br />Curriculum<br />Teaching methods<br />Student preparation<br />Teaching environment<br />Stakeholder engagement<br />
  65. 65. Partnership - Armenian Agrarian Univ.<br />Partnership – USDA / State Department<br />Committed leadership – Rector and TAMU<br />Dr. Daniel Dunn – Founding Director<br />Outcome – The Agribusiness Teaching Center (ATC)<br />People and Organizations<br />
  66. 66. Agribusiness Teaching Center<br />Upper Division Undergraduate courses<br />228 students graduated since 2002<br />Diploma from Agrarian University<br />Certificate from Texas A&M Department of Agricultural Economics<br />Renovated classrooms, computer lab, offices<br />
  67. 67. Teaching and Learning<br />Interactive – student centered learning<br />Theory and case study<br />Field trips<br />Internships <br />Faculty – US and US trained<br />
  68. 68. Shaping the Agrarian University<br />Encouraging change<br />Providing a model<br />Funding collaborative projects<br />Faculty development<br />Teaching materials<br />Transitioning to International Standards – EU Bologna Convention<br />
  69. 69. Regional Engagement<br />Georgian students enrolled <br />Joint projects with Caucasus Business School<br />Faculty development <br />Student exchange with EU countries<br />
  70. 70. Graduates Shaping Their World<br />Agribusinesses in Armenia and Georgia<br />Food processing, distribution and retailing<br />Banking and Insurance<br />Government and NGOs in region<br />Graduate school in US and Europe<br />
  71. 71. Research and Outreach<br />International Center for Agribusiness Research and Education (ICARE)<br />Funded research projects<br />Regional Conferences<br />Student exchange<br />
  72. 72. Shaping the Future<br />Masters of Agribusiness<br />Increased engagement with EU Higher Ed<br />Central Asia – Caucasus NGO Consortium for Agricultural Development<br />
  73. 73. www.icare.am<br />
  74. 74. Iraq Agricultural Extension Revitalization Project<br />Kate Whitney, Norman Borlaug Institute for International AgricultureFrank Craddock, Professor and Extension Sheep and Goat Specialist, Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center at San Angelo<br />
  75. 75. Iraq Agricultural Extension Revitalization Project - Phase I Overview<br />Consortium of Land Grant Universities<br />TAMUS AgriLife Extension/Borlaug Institute (lead)<br />New Mexico State University<br />University of California-Davis<br />Utah State University<br />Washington State University<br />22 Training Courses in the Middle East<br />492 Individual Iraqi Extensionists Trained<br />
  76. 76. Iraq Agricultural Extension Revitalization Project - Phase I Overview<br />Trust between US universities and Iraqi partners<br />Mutual trust throughout the network of Iraqi extension professionals<br />Rapport between Iraqi partners and their farmers and communities<br />Impact on agricultural productivity, households and communities<br />
  77. 77. Iraq Agricultural Extension Revitalization Project - Phase I Overview<br />Awarded 26 Technology Transfer Projects<br />Funded 20 Apple Computers and 20 Video Cameras for Agriculture Communications Training<br />Funded 30 Laptops for Water/Irrigation Modeling Training<br />
  78. 78. Iraq Agricultural Extension Revitalization Project - Phase II Overview<br />61 Iraqi Extension Agents and University Faculty Trained<br />Six week fellowship training at consortium universities:<br />University of California-Davis: 28 April - 4 July<br />Horticulture/Greenhouse Production and Postharvest/Food Safety<br />Washington State University: 6 June - 17 July<br />Dryland Agronomy<br />
  79. 79. Iraq Agricultural Extension Revitalization Project - Phase II Overview<br />Utah State University: 27 September - 9 November <br />Irrigation and Water Resources<br />New Mexico State University: 28 September - 6 November<br />Agribusiness and Youth Training<br />Texas AgriLife Extension Service: 1 October - 13 November<br />Livestock and Rangeland Management<br />
  80. 80. Livestock and Extension Training<br />13 Iraqi Extension Specialists<br />10 Ministry of Agriculture Employees<br />3 Faculty or Lecturers from Colleges of Agriculture at Baghdad University and Babylon University<br />Over 40 Texas AgriLife Faculty and Staff Supported the Train-the-Trainer Effort<br />
  81. 81. Texas AgriLife Extension Training<br />Extension Methodology, 4-H and Youth Programs: College Station<br />
  82. 82. Texas AgriLife Extension Training<br />Dairy: Stephenville and Comanche<br />
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  84. 84. Texas AgriLife Extension Training<br />Beef Cattle, Small Ruminants, Rangeland Management: San Angelo<br />
  85. 85. Texas AgriLife Extension Training<br />Aquaculture: College Station, San Marcos, Lake Jackson<br />
  86. 86. Texas AgriLife Extension Training<br />Poultry: College Station<br />
  87. 87. Texas AgriLife Extension Training<br />Extension Methodology and Program Development: College Station<br />
  88. 88. Making a Difference<br />Increased collaboration between Extension and Colleges of Agriculture<br />Improved methods for technology transfer to farmers and communities<br />Created long-term relationships with US Extension personnel for sustained technology transfer and dialogue <br />
  89. 89. Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences’ South Pacific Study Abroad Programs<br />Gerard Kyle, PhD<br />Scott Shafer, PhD<br />Associate Professors,<br />Department of Recreation, Park & Tourism Sciences,<br />Texas A&M University<br />
  90. 90. Program Focus<br />Intense 4 to 6 week programs designed to cultivate “global citizens”<br />Course content focuses on issues tied to sustainability situated within diverse socio-political contexts; Fiji, Australia & New Zealand<br />
  91. 91. Program Content<br />Holistic approach toward understanding issues tied to sustainability, biodiversity, and climate change<br />This exposes students to content from a variety of disciplines:<br />Park and Recreation Management<br />Anthropology<br />Sociology<br />Political Science<br />Geography<br />Geology<br />Biology & Ecology<br />
  92. 92. Program Structure<br />Programs are field-based<br />~25% classroom instruction<br />~75% field work<br />Instruction is shared between TAMU faculty and local scholars<br />
  93. 93. Program Appeal<br />Programs are open to all majors/classes<br />Average approximately 40 students each year<br />Collectively the largest faculty led study abroad program in the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences<br />Expect approx. 60 students for summer 2010<br /><ul><li>50% from the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences</li></ul> … remaining reflect an eclectic mix of majors<br />
  94. 94. Program Partnerships<br />Faculty & Agency Partners<br />University of the South Pacific (Fiji)<br />James Cook University (Australia)<br />University of Technology, Sydney (Australia)<br />University of New South Wales (Australia)<br />Lincoln University (New Zealand)<br />University of Otago (New Zealand)<br />Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority<br />Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Research Organization (CSIRO)<br />
  95. 95. Program Related Research<br />Graduate student research<br />Climate change effects on the Great Barrier Reef<br />Stakeholder perceptions of Great Barrier Reef Marine Park rezoning<br />
  96. 96. Program Related Research<br />Ongoing evaluation of our program’s ability to nurture global citizenship within students<br />We are seeing different effects among:<br />Programs<br />Gender<br />Past international experience<br />World views<br />
  97. 97. For More Information…<br />WWW.AGGIESABROAD.COM<br />