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Highlights of NRCS International Programs

NRCS International Activities Summary

  • Thomas Akin, State Resource Conservationist, Amherst, Massachusetts, has been selected by the Foreign Agricultural Service to provide soil health and cultural management training to a women’s cacao cooperative in Cote D’Ivoire.  Dates of travel are August 7 – 20.
  • Jay Fuhrer, Soil Health Specialist, Bismarck, North Dakota, will give presentations in a train-the-trainer workshop sponsored by the North Peace Applied Research Association.  The sessions covering soil health, cropping systems, and pasture management will be held August 14 – 20, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
  • Craig Goodwin, National Water Quality Specialist & National Aquatic Ecologist, Ecological Sciences Division, Washington, D.C., will meet with a group from Russia, Ukraine, and Moldova on August 16.  The group is interested in the functions of NRCS.  The meeting is at the request of the Dept. of Commerce.
  • Kim M. Berns, Director, Easement Programs Division, and Sid Brantly, National Grazing Land Ecologist, Ecological Sciences Division, will meet with a delegation from China on September 1.  They will discuss protecting arable land resources in the development of agriculture and grassland agriculture.
  • Moustafa Elrashidi, Research Soil Scientist, National Soil Survey Center, Lincoln, Nebraska, will attend the 18th International Conference on Heavy Metals. He will give a presentation entitled Effects of annual precipitation on heavy metals in runoff from soils in the U.S. Great Plains.  The conference will be held Sept. 10 – 17 in Ghent, Belgium.
  • Carlos Suarez, State Conservationist, Davis, California, will meet with representatives from Mexico’s Dept. of Agriculture and Forestry (SAGARPA) to discuss USDA’s climate hubs.  Dates of the visit are pending.
  • Kim Berns, Director, Easement Programs Division, and John Rissler, Team Leader, Easement Programs Team, Washington, D.C., will meet with a group from China.  The Chinese are interested in the U.S. farmland protection system, laws and regulations, development of farmland quality protection application process, and the development of quality improvement technology such as soil fertility and soil improvement.  Meeting date is pending.