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Highlights of NRCS International Programs

NRCS International Activities Summary

  • Carlos Suarez, State Conservationist, Davis, California, will assist the California Department of Food and Agriculture on a mission to Tel Aviv, Israel, to further the application of climate-smart technologies.  The effort will focus on the application and policies of climate-smart agriculture as it relates to water conservation.  Dates of travel are June 17 – 24.
  • Zamir Libohova, Research Soil Scientist, National Soil Survey Center, Lincoln, Nebraska, will help conduct workshops on using digital soil mapping techniques and modeling for generating soil property maps at high resolution according to GlobalSoilMap standards.  The workshops will be held in Aarhus, Denmark, June 27 - 28, and in Nyon, Switzerland, June 29 – July 1.
  • Jason Weller, Chief, Leonard Jordan, Associate Chief for Conservation, Ron Alvarado, Acting Deputy Chief for Science and Technology, David Smith, Deputy Chief for Soil Science and Resource Assessment, Dave Lindbo, Director, Soil Science Division, Thomas Reinsch, National Leader, World Soils Resources, and Lillian Woods Shawver, Director, International Programs Division, will meet with a representative from AgCanada on June 28.  Purpose of the meeting is to review current cooperative initiatives and to propose new projects.
  • Sid Brantly, National Grazing Lands Ecologist, Ecological Sciences Division, Washington, D.C., and Ken Spaeth, Rangeland Hydrologist, Central National Technology Support Center, Ft. Worth, Texas, will conduct workshops at the International Rangeland Congress.  Sid’s workshop will be on rangeland health and ecological site descriptions and Ken’s on the use of the Rangeland Hydrology Erosion Model. The workshops will be held in Kamloops, Canada, July 15 – 23.
  • 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.