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Highlights of NRCS International Programs

NRCS International Activities Summary

  • Norman Widman, National Agronomist, Ecological Sciences Division, Washington, D.C., will participate in a technology transfer with the Chilika Development Authority with emphasis on sustainable nutrient management technologies.  Norm will travel to Nagar, India from July 18 – 22.
  • Charles Braden, Agricultural Engineer, Albuquerque, New Mexico, has been invited to give a presentation at the International Conference on Agricultural and Biological Sciences. The meeting will be held July 24 – 29 in Beijing, China.
  • Jay Skovlin, MLRA Soil Survey Leader, Stephanie Shoemaker, Ecologist, Carmel Johnston, Soil Scientist, Patrick O’Connell, Soil Scientist, Elizabeth Rowley, Soil Scientist, and Joseph Capella, Student Trainee, all based in Missoula, Montana, will sample soils in the Glacier National Park.  For easier access to remote sites in the park, they will enter Canada near Waterton Lakes.  This is part of the agreement with the National Park Service to soil sample the park.  Dates of travel are August 10 – 21 with no over-night stays.
  • Karin Sonnen, Rangeland Management Specialist, Homer, Alaska, has been invited to give a presentation on reindeer management, ecosite data, and arctic land conservation in Roros, Norway.  Dates of travel are August 15 – 22.
  • Jon Fripp, Civil Engineer, National Design, Construction, and Soil Mechanics Center, Ft. Worth, Texas, Thomas Reinsch, National Leader, World Soil Resources, Soil Science Division, Beltsville, Maryland, 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.  Tentative dates of travel are September 10 – 19.
  • Timothy Brasuell, Civil Engineer, Saipan, Marshall Islands, will participate in a study on how the Department of Defense and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers apply regional planning techniques to disaster management on largely rural agricultural landscapes.  Timothy will travel to Vientiane, Laos from September 18 to October 4.