Category Archives: #Academic

SEMINAR Career Opportunities in International Agriculture: Perspectives from a USAID Project Officer

Live Stream Thursday, March 5, 2015, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. | Texas A&M University, Horticulture/Forest Sciences Building (HFSB) Room 104, West Campus In the second seminar of a two-day sub-series, John Bowman of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will discuss what it takes to enter a career in international agriculture development. Bowman will review the steps and work involved in breaking into a field whose demands are greater now than at any other point in human history. Refreshments will be served. Visit for information

Seminar: The Future of Worldwide Sustainable Livestock

Live Stream Tuesday | March 3, 2015, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. | Texas A&M University | Agriculture and Life Sciences Building (AGLS), Room 129 | West Campus In the first lecture of a two-day sub-series, Dr. Jimmy Smith, director general of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) will highlight the changes and challenges of transforming a globally interconnected livestock sector. Smith will explore research opportunities to bolster livestock production in emerging and developing economies to be profitable, equitable, healthy and sustainable. Refreshments will be served.

VIDEO: TAMU, CIAT and agricultural research for development

  Live Stream  Ruben Echeverria, Director General of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, will explore opportunities for collaboration in agriculture research between CIAT and TAMU. The seminar comes as TAMU and CIAT each seek augment their global research and development agendas. The Feb. 6 event is open to the public and will run from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. with an hour-long question and answer session following immediately after. The seminar will be held at Texas A&M University, West Campus, Agriculture and Life Sciences Building, room 129…. Read More →

Seminar: The Modern Peace Corps and Agricultural Development

 Watch Live: Anyone interested in using their expertise to help people in need across the globe is encouraged to attend “The Modern Peace Corps and Agricultural Development,” this Friday, Sept 19 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Peace Corps recruiter Curt Baker will join a panel of current and former Corps volunteers to review steps for getting involved and the myriad ways that their work with the organization has shaped their lives and careers. This first installment of The Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture’s fall 2014 Seminar… Read More →

Latinos in Agriculture Leaders Conference 2014

Latino college students interested agricultural careers are invited to attend the fourth annual Latino’s in Agriculture Leaders Conference Oct. 17-19, 2014 in Grapevine, Texas. Click here for the conference’s official website. The conference’s objective is to provide a forum where industry, government and education converges to discuss building a Latino agricultural workforce for the future. The Conference provides a venue for sharing information and ideas for the best and most promising practices in outreach to Hispanics for Agriculture.

Borlaug Institute seeks experts of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Extension

A strong tie to the comprehensive system of expertise across Texas A&M AgriLife is paramount in the Borlaug Institute’s mission to fight global hunger and poverty through agricultural science. That is the message the Institute continues to deliver in a series of visits to nine strategically located AgriLife Extension and Research centers across the state. “These visits are a measure to engage expertise from across Texas A&M’s expansive system of agriculture scientists,” said Borlaug Institute Interim Director, Dr. Elsa Murano. The visits, which run from June through September, 2014,… Read More →

Texas A&M Master Student Talks Soil Research in Ghana

Carrying on the Borlaug Legacy: Benjamin Davies In the above video, Benjamin Davies, a master student of Soil & Crop Sciences at Texas A&M University, discusses his ongoing research on soil tilling and amendment in Ghana. Davies’ research seeks to find which soil practices and technologies most efficiently establish fertile soil and better crop production for small holder farmers in Ghana.

McWhorter Receives Distinguished Service Award

AIARD Honors Borlaug Institute Associate Director June 3, 2014 | WASHINGTON D.C. — Dr. G. Michael McWhorter was presented this week with the Association for International Agriculture & Rural Development’s Distinguished Service Award. He was honored Monday as part of AIARD’s 50th annual conference in Washington D.C. The Borlaug Institute’s associate director and international training coordinator was awarded specifically for his role in proposing and implementing AIARD’s Future Leaders Forum, which, since its inception in 2005, has fulfilled its mission by funding trips for 121 finishing graduate students… Read More →

Ph.D student talks ag and nutrition research, photos for data collection

In the above video, Christopher Bielecki, a Ph.D student of agricultural leadership, education and communication at Texas A&M University, reviews the research he’s conducted in Guatemala on agricultural production, nutrition and poverty. Bielecki discusses how photos might present a new approach to collecting data compared with traditional survey methods. He reviews his research from the perspective of affecting stronger connections between agricultural production and nutrition.

Ph.D student to represent Texas A&M at Chicago Council Symposium

Silvano Assanga, a Ph.D student of plant breeding at Texas A&M University and recipient of the prestigious Monsanto Beachell-Borlaug International Scholarship, was chosen as a 2014 Next Generation Delegate for The Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ annual Global Food Security Symposium. He represents Texas A&M at the Washington D.C. event May 21-22, 2014. Assanga’s research at Texas A&M focuses on wheat breeding and genetics, specifically drought tolerance, rust and a complementary study on wheat streak mosaic virus. He plans to graduate early 2016. In the video above, he… Read More →