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Highlights of NRCS International Programs

NRCS International Activities Summary

  • Thomas Hedt, State Resource Conservationist, Davis California, will give a presentation at a workshop for the Rural Energy and Environmental Agency of the Ministry of Agriculture.  The workshop will be held June 4 – 7 in Beijing, China.
  • Thomas Reinsch, National Leader, World Soil Resources, Soil Sciences Division, Beltsville, Maryland, and Norman Widman, National Agronomist, Ecological Sciences Division, Washington, D.C., will meet with a delegation from Turkmenistan on July 1.  Thomas will discuss stemming soil erosion and degradation and Norman will discuss soil quality and management principles.
  • Drew Adams, Soil Scientist, Brattleboro, Vermont, will return from his TDY as an agricultural advisor to Afghanistan on July 2.  His assignment concludes NRCS’ support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
  • Michael Margo, Rangeland Management Specialist, Marfa, Texas, will attend the Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative Partnership meeting in Aguascalientes, Mexico, July 7 – 11.  Michael will present information on the value of ecological sites for land management and international conservation.
  • Jon Fripp, Civil Engineer, National Design, Construction, and Soil Mechanics Center, Ft. Worth, Texas, will serve as a technical expert on a USDA-Forest Service team providing training on watershed management for government employees, NGO members, and university students in the Republic of Georgia.  Dates of travel are July 13 – 19.
  • Wayne Bogovich, National Agricultural Engineer, Conservation Engineering Division, Washington, D.C., Ben Doerge, Geotechnical Engineer, National Design, Construction, and Soil Mechanics Center, Ft. Worth, Texas, Richard Weber, Wetland Hydraulic Engineer, Central National Technology Support Center, Ft. Worth, Texas, Phuc Vu, Design Engineer, National Design, Construction, and Soil Mechanics Center, Ft. Worth, Texas,  Ruth Book, State Conservation Engineer, Champaign, Illinois, Alicia Ketchem, Civil Engineer, Richmond, Virginia, and Carolyn Jones, Agricultural Engineer, Dixon, California, will attend the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) International Meeting.  Ruth is one of two NRCS employees being named an ASABE Fellow.  The conference will be held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, July 13 – 17.
  • Barry Fisher, State Soil Health Specialist, Indianapolis, Indiana, will attend the CAWC Conservation Agriculture Conference in Western Cape Province, South Africa.  Dates of the meeting are July 25 – August 1.
  • Wayne Bogovich, National Agricultural Engineer, Conservation Engineering Division, Washington, D.C., Daniel Baumert, State Conservation Engineer, Bangor, Maine, Robert Thompson, Civil Engineer, Colchester, Vermont, and Heather Smeltz, Agricultural Engineer, Lebanon, Pennsylvania, will present papers at the Northeast American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Conference International Meeting.  The conference will be held at the University of Guelph, Kemptville, Ontario, Canada, July 26 – 31.
  • Eunice Padley, National Forester, Ecological Sciences Division, Washington, D.C., will attend an international leadership training seminar entitled "Next Generation of Forest Agency Leaders: Global Issues in Governing Natural Resources." This event will be held on July 28 - August 1 in Oaxaca, Mexico.
  • Thomas Potter, State GIS Coordinator, Bozeman, Montana, will assist in the coordination and completion of the National Hydrologic Dataset and the Watershed Boundary Dataset between Montana and Canada.  The Hydrographic Data Harmonization Project was developed to coordinate the completion of GIS data across the international border.  It is a joint effort between NRCS, USGS, state and provincial governments.  Completing geographic datasets is critically important to conservation and management of water resources along the border.  Thomas will travel to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, August 17 – 22.