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Highlights of NRCS International Programs

NRCS International Activities Summary

  • Phuc H. Vu, Civil Engineer, National Design, Construction, and Soil Mechanics Center, Fort Worth, Texas, and Richard Weber, Wetland Hydraulic Engineer, Central National Technology Support Center, Fort Worth, Texas, have been requested by the Foreign Agricultural Service to work on a US-Agency for International Development funded project in Nairobi, Kenya.  Phuc and Richard will provide construction specifications for six (6) grain aggregation centers, four (4) cold storage facilities, and four (4) milk pasteurization stations.  Dates of travel are January 4 - 24.
  • Caroline Clarin, Wetland Restoration Engineer, Alice Klink, Wetland Biologist, both stationed at Fergus Falls, Minnesota, and Keith Weston, Red River Basin Coordinator, Fargo, North Dakota, will attend the 32nd Red River Basin Land and Water International Annual Conference.  The meeting will be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, from January 20 – 22.
  • Kim Berns, Director, Easement Programs Division, Terrell Erickson, Director, Ecological Sciences Division, and Mark Rose, Financial Assistance Programs Division, will meet with a group from Thailand on January 8.  USDA’s Cochran Program is hosting the group which is interested in NRCS’ conservation programs.
  • Maxine Levin, National Leader for Interpretations, Soil Science Division, National Soil Survey Center, Beltsville, Maryland, will host a visitor from Australia on January 15. The visitor from the Agriculture Research Agriculture Group is interested in carbon sampling.
  • Diane Stott, National Soil Health Specialist, West Lafayette, Indiana, has been invited by the National Research Foundation to visit South Africa.  Diane will make a presentation during a seminar on greenhouse gas sampling, analysis, and interpretation and participate in a project steering committee meeting with stakeholders.  Dates of travel are January 23 – February 7.
  • Thomas Reinsch, National Leader, World Soil Resources, Soil Sciences Division, Beltsville, Maryland, Jon Fripp, Civil Engineer, National Design, Construction, and Soil Mechanics Center, Ft. Worth, Texas, Cheryl Simmons, Natural Resources Specialist, Central National Technology Support Center, Ft. Worth, Texas, and Michael Kucera, Agronomist, National Soil Survey Center, Lincoln, Nebraska, have been requested by the Foreign Agricultural Service to provide technical assistance for activities under USDA’s “Improving Soil Fertility through Extension” and “Watershed Rehabilitation and Irrigation Improvement Demonstration” projects in Pakistan.  Dates of travel are January 23 – February 14.