Telephone: (904) 392-1965
Cable: CENTROP FSSP
* Farming Systems Support Project
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
University of Florida
3028 McCarty Hall
Gainesville, Florida 32611
On Networking # 19 April 16, 1985
Two different farming systems workshops will be offered at the
University of Florida during 1985: "Management in Agricultural Research and
Extension" and "Agronomic Experimental Design and Analysis". Program
Leaders and Administrative Coordinators have received preliminary
workshop announcements and can provide details about content and
The Management Workshop is scheduled for May 20-24, 1985. It will
combine materials and information from two specific sources: 1) a
University of Florida management and administration course currently being
taught by Drs. Kenneth McDermott and Robert Waugh, and 2) the recently
developed FSSP training unit for Management and Administration, which is
being refined and technically edited by Drs. Jay Artis, Jerry Vansant,
James Meiman, Kenneth McDermott and Robert Waugh.
The Agronomic Design and Analysis Workshop is scheduled for July 15-19,
1985. It will similarly combine materials from two sources: 1) a
University of Florida farming systems course currently being taught by Dr.
Peter Hildebrand, and 2) the recently developed FSSP training unit for
* Agronomic Experimental Design and Analysis, which is being refined and
technically edited by Drs. Frederico Poey, Kenneth Sayre, John Hammerton,
John Caldwell and Dan Galt.
An FSSP Training Units Development Workshop (referred to by some of the
participants as "TUD") was held at the University of Florida from February
18-23, 1985. The FSSP Newsletter leads off its first quarter 1985 issue
with an account of the Workshop so it needn't be repeated here. It was,
however, a productive workshop involving difficult and taxing sessions for
the participants. By week's end Dr. John Hammerton (note his affiliation
above) was able to recant his personal eonepetualization of the experience
in what he called:
Composite TUD Jargonal Framework
In an experiential ex-ante ribboning networking motivational matrix mode,
the unit group took a brain-storming walk-through bottom-up first cut at
logistically prioritizing the critical top down ballgame trade-off inter-
faces among the hands-on actors by calendaring the up front target
clientele feedback, focusing on the expressed needs menu typology of
plugged-in functional practitioners, and the computer word wrap-around
lowest common denominator content-driven lead time required to backstop a
cost-effective materials dependent blue plate cafeteria at grass roots
level in a sub-unitized benefit-cost force field analysis format, without
getting boxed-in to an unhandleable, pre-researchable recommendation domain
specific process while going with the flow to develop a back home
application activity module with a verticality option, avoiding a
hardware-dependent slip-streaming can of worms with interdisciplinarity and
a chance to fly a dedicated disk to flag it by getting a handle on a
concept map in a sub-sub-system macro analysis mode.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER
The March issue of Alternative Agriculture News, Volume 3 Number 3,
reported that the board of directors for the Institute for Alternative
Agriculture has approved publication of a new journal: American Journal of
Alternative Agriculture. The first volume of the journal will begin early
The Institute's Executive Director, Garth Youngberg, indicated that 30
top agricultural scientists had agreed to serve on the Editorial Board of
the new journal, which will be issued quarterly and will be refereed. "The
need to develop and document the scientific basis of agricultural farming
systems is increasingly recognized within the alternative agricultural
community as a necessary precondition to the wider-scale acceptance and
adoption of these low-input farming systems," he reported. "The positive
reaction to the new Journal confirms the timliness of this overall
objective." Youngberg told the Board he is "optimistic about the
Institute's future and its ability to make a constructive contribution to
the broader scientific acceptance and adoption of alternative farming
systems both here and abroad."
The Institute for Alternative Agriculture, Inc., is a non-profit
research and education organization headquartered at 9200 Edmonston Road,
Suite 117., Greenbelt, Maryland 20770. The Institute publishes its monthly
newsletter, Alternative Agriculture News, as a service to members.
Individual membership in the Institute is available to organic farmers,
agricultural researchers, and other interested persons at $15.00 per year.
The newsletter is available to non-members at $12.00 per year.
Position Announcement: Animal Scientist, Production Systems Project of the
Small Ruminant Collaborative Research Support Program (SR-CRSP)
Location: Western Kenya
Qualifications: Successful research accomplishment, preferably in East
Africa, including PhD or equivalent experience. Must be fluent in English.
Preference will be given to applicants with good knowledge of Swahili, with
on-farm research experience and experience with goats.
Institution: Winrock International
Contact: Dr. H.A. Fitzhugh
Morrilton, AR 72110 (Telephone: 501-727-5435)
Deadline: May 1, 1985 for applications. Position is available June 1, 1985
for a minimum two-year appointment, with the possibility of an extension.
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