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January 2006


Vol. 17, No. 1


Where UF/IFAS travels the globe!
UF/IFAS International Programs Office of the Vice President for Agriculture & Natural Resources Gainesville, Florida 32611

From the
New IP


By Roger Natzke
A big hearty UF/IFAS welcome
to Dr. David Sammons who
has accepted the leadership posi-
tion for IFAS International Pro-
grams. We look forward to having
him here by August first of this
year. As one ot the accompanying
articles indicate he brings %% ith him
a broad range of experience which
he can use to build on our program
here. In the meantime we need to
continue on.
All IFAS faculty members should
have received an announcement
regarding the availability of travel
grants for international travel. The
primary objective for having those
grants is to encourage early career
faculty members to begin to
develop working relationship with
their peers abroad.
A NASULGC committee under the
leadership of Dr. Bobby Moser has
been actively participating in the
Board meetings of the recently
established presidential US-India
Knowledge Initiative. Several UF
faculty have provided input into
the discussions. The process should
result in identifying and developing
relevant long term collaborative
See Director, p. 2

Afghanistan's women, such as this
woman churning butter, hold the
responsibility for livestock care
and productivity. IFAS training
brought health, hope, and higher
income to 24 remote villages and
708 Afghani families.

Expanding horizons: Seven
Borlaug Scholars from Africa
& UF/IFAS mentors establish
long-term programs
Conservation workshop in
PK Nair receives major honor
UF/IFAS lands sweet deal with
EARTH University, Costa Rica
Putting the brakes on
environmental damage
UF/IFAS welcomes David
Sammons, new International
Programs director

SRestoring Hope:
" : f UF/IFAS Helps
C ,"- ..4 Afghanistan's
Women Farmers
Afghanistan Protect Human
Health and Improve
Living Standards
L ochrane "Lockie" Gary, director
of Hardee County's Extension
office, spent 31 days in remote Afghani
villages in September and October of
2005, bringing help for Afghanistan's
livestock farmers and hope to the
people of this war-ravaged nation.
Because women are responsible for the
care and productivity of livestock in
Afghanistan, Gary's visit gave him a
truly unique opportunity to work with
Afghanistan's farm women. Gary
served as a livestock consultant to the
Land O'Lakes International Division
on a USAID grant entitled "Dairy In-
dustry Revitalization in Afghanistan."
Gary braved six rocket attacks, the
threat of suicide bombings and kid-
napping, and extremely tight security
measures to teach veterinarians how to
field-test for brucellosis and tuberculo-
sis; how to screen cattle for mastitis;
how to synchronize estrus in cows and
heifers for artificial insemination; how
to semen-test bulls in conjunction with
Breeding Soundness Exams; and how
to conduct fecal examinations and
identify larvae in cattle and small ru-
Gary also taught 9 women Extension
volunteers, who will teach Afghani
farm women how to improve their
See Afghanistan, p. 3

Telephone: 352 392-1965 FAX: 352 392-7127 Website:
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UF/IFAS hosted
seven Borlaug Burkina Faso,
Scholars Ghana,
T he UF/IFAS Inter- Nigeria,
national Pro-
grams office brought seven women
scientists from Africa to study at UF
under the Borlaug Scholars
program. These outstanding women
represented Cameroon, Nigeria,
Ghana, Senegal, and Burkina Faso.
Each scientist was paired with a men-
tor on the UF/IFAS faculty, with a
wide variety of disciplines repre-
sented amongst the group.
The scholars were given an overview
of the UF/IFAS structure as a land-
grant institution and met with faculty
from UF/IFAS departments and
research and education centers, from
UF's Center for African Studies, and
attended a luncheon with women
administrators, organized by the
Gender, Environment, Agriculture
and Participation (GEAP) Program.
They also participated in a Gender
Analysis Seminar led by gender
analysis experts as a precursor to their
final project, a Gender Analysis Semi-
nar before an audience in the UF/IFAS
Communication Services distance
education classroom.
The scholars attended classes at UF,
including a resource management in
African agriculture course, and
attended seminars in Tallahassee at
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical
University (FAMU).
The Borlaug Scholars program will
allow the visiting scientists to form
long-term cooperative research and
extension programs with UF/IFAS,
including 2006 mentor visits to the
nation of the scientist they mentored,
enriching the societies each institution
IP director Roger Natzke said, "The
Borlaug management team visited

Borlaug Scholars, Mentors, and Interna-
tional Programs Director Roger Natzke at
farewell reception. See website for full
Gainesville to observe the program in
action. After a very productive dia-
logue I am confident that IFAS is in an
excellent position to host Fellows from
other countries in addition to West
Africa in subsequent years." The Bor-
laug Fellows program is high IP's pri-
ority list because it provides opportu-
nity for UF/IFAS faculty members to
gain international exposure and foster
ongoing international collaboration. -*
Contact: Roger Natzke,
Bor!aug Scholars and Mentors:
Scholar Flora Nelson-Quartey,
Mentor Jeffrey Brecht, UF/IFAS
horticultural sciences
Scholar Mourfat Balogun,
Mentor Eric Simonne, UF/IFAS
horticultural sciences
Scholar Nome Sakane, Burkina
Mentor Sabine Grunwald, UF/
IFAS soil and water science
Scholar Patience Asem, Ghana
Mentor Lisa Guion, UF/IFAS
family, youth and community
Scholar Regina Ntumngia,
Mentor Marta Hartmann, UF/
IFAS agricultural education and
Scholar Adeola Adenugba,
Mentor Roger Natzke, director,
UF/IFAS international programs
Scholar Fatou Diop, Senegal
Mentor Jane Polston, UF/IFAS
plant pathology

Director, from page 1
efforts between US universities and
Indian institutions.
In addition. there was a recent visit
by% several key representatives trom
i institutions in India to UF, spon-
'sored by Dr. Riffee and the UF dis-
tance education program, to discuss
long-term relationships. Of particu-
lar interest were distance education,
agriculture, business, engineering.
forensics, and pharmacy.
A tollow-up visit is planned in May,
I which will be specifically focused on
agricultural interests.-:- Roger
Natzke is senior associate dean and
director of UF/IFAS International
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Workshop in
arta Hartmann,
M head of the UF/IFAS Gender,
Environment. Agriculture and Par-
ticipation (GEAP)
Program, Elena Bastidas. Visiting
Research Professor at the UF Center
for Latin American Studies, and
Omaira Bolahios. PhD student in
Anthropology facilitated a work-
shop in Cali, Colombia organized by
the project Traiming and capacin
hluildinQ in conununin-based conserva-
lion for inuinuionsl wo, rkin; in pror'I led
areas of Ec uador and Columbia. This
project is funded by the MacArthur
Foundation and executed by the
TCD Program at UF's Center for
Latin-Americans Studies, which is
now collaborating with IFAS faculty
through International Programs.
Hartman and Bastidas also spent
half a day at Centro Internacional de
Agricuicura Tropical (CIAT) before
attending the workshop. `.* Contact:
Elena Bastidas,

Afghanistan, from p. 1
livestock's health, how to increase
dairy production. and how to time
their milking to the collectors' arrival.
doubling the prices they earn for their
product. His training has helped par-
ticipating farmers double their milk
production. Extension volunteers
must teach participants on a one-to-
one basis in the farmers' homes and
only with permission of male rela-
Gary's Field Day included Afghani-
stan's first-ever livestock show, with
best-of categories for cattle, camels,
sheep, and goats. Gary served as one
ot four judges for an event that
brought smiles, laughter, and joy to a
nation torn by 23 years of continuous
war, terrorism, and domestic slaugh-
ter under the Taliban.
His success is best summed up by the
president of one village's slhu1a
(ruling council): "We have 85 farm-
ers in this area cooperating in the
Land O'Lakes Dairy Revitalization
Program. Their cows are producing
more milk and the farmers are more
profitable. But we have 1100 farmers
in this village and we need all of
them involved in this program."."
Contact: Lockie Gary,

UF/IFAS lands
sweet deal 7'r"
with EARTH
University Costa Rica
Meetings on January 23rd and
24th brought visitors from
EARTH University (Escuela de Agri-
cultura de la Region Tropical Hum-
eda) in Costa Rica to the Everglades
Research and Education Center in
Belle Glade to discuss cooperative
sugarcane research projects at
EARTH's La Flor farm. These meet-
ings, a follow-up to an IFAS delega-
tion's visit to La Flor in August 2005,
allowed faculty from both universities
to draft joint research projects and

Putting the
Brakes on
Environmental "
Damage c .h
't's an odd marriage, Republic &
but it promises to Slovakia
be a unique and important one. Jack
Rechcigl, professor and director of the
UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Edu-
cation Center (GCREC), has initiated a
cooperative agreement to mitigate
environmental damage from automo-
tive brake shoes, composites contain-
ing up to 30 compounds that produce
toxic dust from friction.
The new interdisciplinary agreement
will team up environmental scientists
at GCREC, the Center for Advanced
Friction Studies at Southern Illinois
University Carbondale (SIUC), and
faculty from VSB Technical University
of Ostrava in the Czech Republic,
which supports heavy industry.
"We're very excited about the joint
project," Rechcigl said, "because it will
allow UF/IFAS to work in a wholly
new arena." Heavy industries in the
region want to mitigate damage to the
environment from the products they
manufacture. The agreement follows a
visit by Czech partners to UF, where
they met with UF president Bernie

assign grant-writing responsibilities to
fund joint research in sugarcane, the
region's most economically important
Additional research will include varie-
tal selection, sugarcane biofuel, green
cane harvesting, germplasm, and pest
research. The faculty delegation that
visited La Flor last August from Ever-
glades REC and Southwest Florida
REC consisted of Kelly Morgan, Chris
Waddill, Ike Ezenwa, Gregg Nuessly,
Mabry McCray, Robert Gilbert, Curtis
Rainbolt, and Ron Rice. They met with
EARTH faculty, industry representa-
tives, and visiting professors in a very
productive dialogue. *. Contact:
Robert Gilbert,

Jack Rechcigl, right, signs for UF
Machen and UF/IFAS Senior VP
Jimmy Cheek.
Partners in Ostrava will ship brake-
shoe dust to the U.S. for environ-
mental testing. Laden with heavy
metals and other toxic materials,
brake dust adversely impacts air, soil,
and water quality. The project's part-
ners have developed a multi-million
dollar National Science Foundation
grant proposal which they hope NSF
will approve.
Rechcigl also traveled to Slovakia,
where he visited the Slovak Agricul-
tural University of Nitra, signed a
cooperative agreement, and lectured
to a standing-room-only crowd. Next
month, graduate student Sylvia Slo-
mova will study weed science under
Jim Gilreath.o:. Contact: Jack

P.K. Nair '
Receives '-C
Major Honor
T he University of Science and
Technology in Kumasi, Ghana,
has honored P. K. Nair, Ph.D. with a
Doctor of Science honors causa degree,
conferred at a special congregation on
November 26, 2005, for his out-
standing contributions to the develop-
ment of agroforestry worldwide.
Nair, a distinguished professor at the
UF/IFAS school of forest resources
and conservation, is a world leader in
the subject. He has received many
national and international recogni-
tions, including an honorary doctor-
ate from Kyoto University, Japan. -*
Contact: P.K. Nair,

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Office of International Programs -7 T-i' -
University of Florida IFAS
Office of the Vice President for Agriculture
and Natural Resources
P.O. Box 110282
Gainesville, FL 32611-0282

International Focus
'Linda Evans
Educational Media/
International Focus
Executive Editor
Don Poucher
Assistant Vice President
Programs Personnel I
Roger Natzke
Senior Associate Dean
and Director,
International Programs
Lisette Staal
Assistant Director,
I International Programs
Betty Finn

David Sammons Named
New Director for IFAS
International Programs
A after an international search, Jimmy
Cheek, senior vice president of agri-
culture and natural resources at the Univer-
sity of Florida, announced that David
Sammons, Ph.D., will assume directorship
of the UF/IFAS International Programs
office effective July 25, 2006.
He leaves Purdue University after thirteen
years at the helm of Purdue's office of In-
ternational Programs in Agriculture (IPIA)
and concurrently completes a two-year
assignment with the U.S. Agency for Inter-
national Development (USAID), where he
has been working on behalf of university
partnerships for development in the
USAID Office of Agriculture for the past
two years.
Cheek told the IFAS community, "I am
confident that Dr. Sammons' experience,
coupled with his vision for IFAS' future
role in international program activities, will
be instrumental in our development of a
world-class program."
Randy Woodson, Glenn W. Sample Dean
of Agriculture at Purdue, noted that

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Sammons expanded the agricultural study
abroad component of Purdue's interna-
tional programs dramatically during his
tenure. Beginning with less than one stu-
dent a year, agricultural study abroad has
grown to the point that it included to a full
23% of the Purdue College of Agriculture's
last graduating class. Sammons also led an
effort to pioneer internationalization of
Extension, making Purdue a national
UF/IFAS search and screen committee chair
James W. Jones, distinguished professor
with UF/IFAS agricultural & biological
engineering, spoke highly of Sammons and
the entire pool of more than 30 candidates.
Many were highly qualified for the posi-
tion, Jones said.
Sammons is a widely traveled and well
published international scholar with
diverse experience ranging from more than
25 years of university teaching, research,
and leadership to development of web-
based and traditional curricula for high
schools via such diverse entities as the Na-
tional FFA and the Philippine Bureau of
Public Schools; has trained USDA Foreign
Agricultural Service personnel through
USDA's Graduate School; and was se-

David Sammons, Ph.D.
has been named the
new director for UF/
IFAS International
Programs. Sammons
leaves the director-
ship of Purdue Univer-
sity's International
Programs in Agricul-
ture after building
Purdue's IPIA office
into a national model
of success. He will
begin his UF/IFAS IP
directorship effective
July 25, 2006.

elected as a Fulbright Senior Lecturer for a
portion of an academic year in Kenya, to
name just a few highlights. He was a Peace
Corps Volunteer in the Philippines and
later established a Master's International
Program focused on Extension crop protec-
tion with a Peace Corps option.
Sammons testified before the US House
Committee on Foreign Operations re: in-
creased federal funding for international
agricultural research. His career grants and
gifts total more than $3 million. While cer-
tain that David Sammons will be missed at
Purdue University, UF/IFAS is truly de-
lighted to welcome him aboard. +*
Contact: Jimmy Cheek, or
Jimmy Jones,

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