College of Ag Sciences to offer International Ag Speaker Series

August 24, 2012

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Office of International Programs in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is offering an International Ag Speakers Series, beginning Aug. 29.

The series will kick off with "Africa2Ag Symposium: Engaging Youth in African Agriculture," which will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 29 in the Nittany Lion Inn Ballroom A/B. To register online, go to

The other presentations, which will be offered at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in 122 Agricultural Administration Building, are part of the college's Year of Food Security celebration. No registration is necessary.

Scheduled presentations include the following:

--Sept. 5: "Faculty Experience and Opportunities in Global Food Security," Ed Rajotte, professor of entomology, and Leif Jensen, professor of rural sociology.

--Sept.12: "Embedded Sustainable Agriculture Course to Brazil in Spring 2013," Lyn Garling and Melanie Gilbert, Brazil course leaders.

--Sept. 19: "Embedded Agriculture Course to Paris, France, in Spring 2013," Ketja Lingenfelter, College of Agricultural Sciences study abroad coordinator.

--Sept. 26: "Embedded Agriculture Course to Kenya in Spring/Summer 2013," Janelle Larson, associate professor of agricultural economics at Penn State Berks.

--Oct. 3: "Embedded Agriculture Course to Germany in Spring 2013," Gail Good, agriculture instructor, Penn State Altoona.

--Oct. 10: "Embedded Equine Course to Normandy, France, in Spring 2013," Marianne Fivek, College of Agricultural Sciences Undergraduate Education Office.

--Oct.17: World Food Prize/Borlaug Dialogue webcast with live discussions from the World Food Prize events in Des Moines, Iowa.

-- Oct. 24: "Seed Systems and Participatory Plant Breeding in West Africa," Kristal Jones, representing the International Agriculture degree program and the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education.

--Oct. 31: College of Agricultural Sciences faculty roundtable discussion about engagement and opportunities in the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Collaborative Research Support Programs, with participants Kathleen Brown, professor of post-harvest physiology, Shelby Fleischer, professor of entomology, and Rick Stehouwer, professor of environmental soil science.

--Nov. 7: "Critical Language Scholarship Program in India, Summer 2012," Abraham DeHart, International Agriculture minor and Agricultural Systems Management major.

--Nov. 14: "Fulbright: Smallholder Agriculture and Seed Systems in Southeast Asia," Rick Bates, associate professor of horticulture.

--Nov. 28: "International Agriculture -- Future Leaders Forum," Shonel Sen, Esha Zaveri, Ariel Rivers, graduate students in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

--Dec. 5: "Costa Rica: Embedded Study Tour and International Agriculture Research," Allison Hoover, International Agriculture minor and Agricultural and Extension Education major.

--Dec. 12: "An Exploration of Andean Agriculture," Dan Tobin, Hilary Cheesman and Anna Testen, graduate candidates for the International Agriculture degree.

  • The series will kick off with "Africa2Ag Symposium: Engaging Youth in African Agriculture," on Wednesday, Aug. 29 in the Nittany Lion Inn Ballroom A/B.

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