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Highlights of NRCS International Programs

NRCS International Activities Summary

  • Mary Podoll, State Conservationist, Bismarck, North Dakota, will attend the Assiniboine River Basin Initiative Conference that will be held in Balcarres, Saskatchewan, Canada, December 8 – 9.  Mary will give a presentation on how NRCS – North Dakota manages agricultural drainage projects.
  • Carlos Suarez, State Conservationist, Luana Kiger, Special Assistant, and Greg Norris, Assistant State Conservation Engineer, Davis, California will meet with representatives from Mexico’s Agricultural Department to discuss bio-digestion systems within agriculture.  The meetings will be held in Jallisco, Mexico, December 8 – 13.
  • 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.
  • Thomas Reinsch, National Leader, World Soil Resources, Soil Science 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 pending.