Congratulations to Emma Flemmig and Rachael Kennedy, two of the recipients of this year’s Fullbright student program grants!
Emma Flemmig of Glidden, Iowa, a Ph.D. candidate in crop and soil environmental sciences, will survey rural households in the Punjab state in India. The surveys are designed to measure dimensions of food security and agricultural productivity. The data collected will offer a comparison with Flemmig’s current research in Haiti. She has a master’s degree from North Carolina State University and a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University.
Rachael Kennedy of Blacksburg, Virginia, a Ph.D. candidate in agricultural, leadership, and community education, will spend a year in Turkey investigating food-oriented social movements. Her research will examine causal factors of social movements in Turkey and the potential for community resiliency. She has a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia.
“For 70 years the Fulbright Program has facilitated the exchange of knowledge and collaboration between countries,” said Guru Ghosh, vice president for Outreach and International Affairs. “We look forward to seeing the contributions their experiences will have on the global community, and the university is fortunate to have them serve as ambassadors.”
John Galbraith, associate professor in the Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences, coached the team of Croatia and Serbia to fifth place in the group judging event at the First International Field Course and Soil Judging Contest in Gödöllő, Hungary. Seventy students and young professionals from 28 countries and six continents attended the training and competed in the soil judging contest, held to commemorate 2015 as the International Year of the Soil.
Croatia-Serbia team at the International Field Course and Soil Judging Contest in Gödöllő, Hungary. Left to right: Natasa Nikolic (Serbia), Marko Runjic (Croatia), John Galbraith (U.S.), Mario Mesarić (Croatia), Natasa Bacanovic (Serbia)
Sixteen teams were formed, and Galbraith was asked to coach the team of two men from Croatia and two women from Serbia. That team finished behind fourth place Spain, third place Hungary, second place U.S., and first place the Uganda, Sudan, and South Africa team. The Croatia-Serbia team finished in eighth place overall. “I am extremely proud of the young people who competed for Croatia and Serbia. They had never been in a contest before, and had not even met each other (or their coach) until the night before the training. Like the other teams, they met other potential colleagues, enjoyed the event and learned a great deal. This proves the value of soil training and soil judging contests in improving the field skills of young soil scientists.”
The U.S. team won the overall trophy and had the high individual (Kristen Pegues of Auburn). The contest followed four days of lectures and field training of soil description and classification. Galbraith presented two lectures on soil profile property assessment and classification after helping to organize the contest handbook and develop training materials. He represented Virginia Tech and the International Union of Soil Science, where he is Chair of Commission 1.4 Soil Classification.
Students from the primary school gardening with students from Virginia Tech, ENSA, and ISFAR.
By Ozzie Abaye, Bineta Guesse, Kathleen Jamison, and Tom Archibald in collaboration with ENSA, ISFAR, ANCAR, and Peace Corps-Senegal
4-H, the youth development branch of U.S.D.A. and Cooperative Extension, provides programming that invests in young people to evolve as independent, contributing and caring members of society. 4-H provides a positive foundation for youth by cultivating the essential elements of belonging, mastery, independence and generosity. Most of the 4-H programs are designed to engage, excite and integrate young people in the field of agriculture while offering opportunities for them to address larger global issues related to food security and environmental, social, and political needs. The 4-H curriculum and supporting programs fuse the social, cultural, and agricultural aspects of a community through hands-on experiential learning activities. Continue reading →
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Hethwood Market provided tasty lunch fare.
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Orchardgrass is valued for its nutritious and palatable hay, and has been a major crop in Virginia for decades. But something is wrong with the orchardgrass these days.
Check out this interview about orchardgrass on NPR with Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences student Gordon Jones and Extension agent Bobby Clark from Shenandoah County.
Ozzie Abaye, professor in the Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences, is no stranger to different cultures and she uses her knowledge and experience to show her students how food and culture are connected.
Her class and approach to teaching world cultures was recently featured in an article and video on WDBJ7.