Colombia Cochran: Gene Editing
November 30 - December 13, 2019
Fellows from Colombia traveled to North Carolina and Washington, DC to discuss agricultural gene editing advancements and policies in the U.S. to help further shape and understand Colombian policies. Through a variety of meetings with federal regulators, NC State University scientists and researchers, and private companies, the Fellows gained insight into the impact agricultural gene editing has on the agricultural industry as a whole.
Algeria Cochran: U.S. Feed Formulation
November 9 - 22, 2019
Cochran Fellows from Algeria traveled to the US to explore animal feed formulation for the poultry industry. This training brought them to North Carolina and then Missouri to meet with NC State faculty and researchers, governmental entities, trade organizations, and public and private companies and farms. Through these meetings, the Fellows learned about formulation techniques, limitations and uses of common ingredients, new technological trends, quality control, and overall best practices so they can adapt their practices to meet poultry nutritional needs in Algeria.
Thailand Cochran: Agricultural Policies and Regulations
September 21 - October 4, 2019
Regulatory officials from Thailand visited Washington DC and North Carolina to learn about the U.S. regulatory system for agricultural products and commodities. The training provided the fellows with insight as to how the U.S. formulates its policies and regulations. The fellows met with federal and state governmental entities, non-profits, NC State faculty, and private corporations to discuss how to approach the formulation of new policies regulations in Thailand.
Turkey Cochran: Agricultural Innovation and Safety
August 18 - 30, 2019
Turkish Fellows participated in the Cochran training program to investigate agricultural biotechnology and how it fits in to the bigger picture of innovation that enables farmers to meet 21st century challenges of climate change, environmental degradation, water shortages, and growing food demand. Through a variety of meetings with federal and state regulators, NC State University scientists and researchers, private companies and farmers, the Fellows were exposed to agricultural biotechnology policies and practices in the US.
Myanmar Cochran: Animal Nutrition
July 21 - August 2, 2019
Cochran Fellows from Myanmar traveled to the US to conduct their training on animal nutrition. This training brought them to North Carolina, Virginia and Missouri. Throughout the program, the Fellows learned about the raw ingredients that go into animal feed, procurement techniques, regulatory issues, animal feed processing, quality control, storing and handling, and meeting animal nutrition needs. Through a variety of visits with regulatory bodies, farmers, feed mills, and processing plants, the Fellows were able to develop new connections in the US.
Senegal and Ivory Coast Cochran: U.S. School Meals Program
July 14 - 26, 2019
While in the U.S. for two weeks, the Fellows first met in the Washington DC for meetings with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to learn about the U.S. school meals program before before departing to NC State, where meetings will continue with faculty members, NC governmental agencies, and local schools.
Peru and Ecuador Cochran: Resilient Agriculture
May 26 - June 8, 2019
Fellows from Ecuador and Peru spent 2 weeks in North Carolina to learn about resilient agriculture and best practices to minimize risks of climate swings. The objective of this program was to increase knowledge of climate smart agriculture practices. During this program the Fellows will receive training on soil management, crop modeling and disseminating information. Effective extension practices will also be covered in this training program. Through a combination of lectures, workshops with professors and researchers from the NC State University and researchers from the USDA-ARS and the USDA Southeast Regional Climate Hub (SERCH), the fellows increased their knowledge on climate smart agriculture practices.
INIA Training: Climate Change and Production
January 28 - February 8, 2019
The INIA fellows (Instituto Nacional de Innovacion Agraria – National Institute for Agrarian Innovation) spent 2 weeks in and around Raleigh to learn about how NC State addresses grand challenges in research and extension. While in North Carolina, the fellows met with NC State faculty and researchers and also traveled around the state to research centers and private farms. The topics the fellows discussed included climate change, research methods, soil nutrition, potato agriculture and extension. We hope this is just the start of a long-lasting collaboration with INIA to address training needs and research collaborations.
India Cochran: Biotechnology and Biosafety
December 1 - 14, 2018
The Indian Fellows arrived in DC to kickoff their 2 week training. While in DC, the group met with USDA, CGIAR International Food Policy Research Institute, APHIS, EPA, and FDA to discuss biosafety. The Fellows then traveled to Raleigh for the remaining of their training. While in Raleigh they met with NC State Faculty who have a biotechnology and biosafety research focus. The second week was greeted by Snowstorm Diego, which left considerable snowfall. After digging out from the snow, the Fellows were able to complete their training by visiting the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, BASF, Golden LEAF Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center and meet with North Carolina Growers Associations. The objective of the training was to expose the Fellows, who serve as regulators in India, to the U.S. approach of biotechnology regulation and biosafety and to help India develop its biotechnology regulatory framework to reduce barriers to trade in GE food and agricultural products.
Ecuador and Peru Cochran: Pasture Management
November 25 - December 8, 2018
The Eduador and Peru Fellows spent 2 weeks in and around Raleigh, North Carolina to receive training on pasture management in order to increase the health and production of the animals in their respective home countries. Through this Cochran Fellowship, the Fellows met with scientific experts within the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the USDA Farm Service Agency. Additionally, they met with NC State University faculty involved in pasture management, grass breeding, livestock nutrition, silvopastures, and forages and pastures research. To round out the training, the Fellows also visited local farms as well as NC State University experimental research facilities. The objective of the training was to expose the Fellows to best management practices to help maximize the health of their animals while conserving pastures for the future.
Pakistan Cochran: Soybeans and Dry Distiller Grains
November 3 - 16, 2018
The Pakistan Fellows spent 2 weeks on a USDA Cochran fellowship in the US traveling from North Carolina to Virginia, Missouri and Illinois. The goal of the training was to improve the awareness about the products available, processing and marketing infrastructure and capacity building of the solvent industry, feed mill managers and professionals. The Fellows toured Purdue Farms', Smithfield Grain's and Cargill's port terminals, and met with numerous trade organizations like the American Soybean Association and the U.S. Soybean Export Council as well as other governmental agencies as means to increase connectivity between the trade professionals of the U.S. and Pakistan. During this training, the Fellows also experienced snowfall in Missouri, which was an experience in itself!
Ghana Cochran: Agricultural Biotechnology
September 30 - October 12, 2018
The 2-week training program provided the Ghanian Fellows an opportunity to investigate what a country with GMO's would look like. Through this, the Fellows met with a wide-assortment of faculty and professionals including NC State's Office of Technology Commercialization and New Ventures, numerous research faculty, Golden LEAF Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center, RTP biotech companies, and farmers. After this program, the Fellows will have the tools to have educated discussions about GMOs in Ghana.
The delegation also braved Hurricane Matthew as it came through North Carolina on their final days.
Peru, Ecuador and Venezuela Cochran: Sorghum Exposure and Utilization
September 30 - October 12, 2018
Throughout the 2-weeks, the Fellows from Peru, Ecuador and Venezuela were exposed to the sorghum industry and considerations when incorporating sorghum into animal feed. The goal of this training program was to increase connectivity between the industry and research professionals of the U.S. with the industry professionals from Peru, Ecuador and Venezuela.
The delegation was on campus at the same time as the Ghanian Fellows and they had some good interactions.
China SCEP: Crop Germplasm Conservation
September 16-27, 2018
This program provided the fellows exposure on how crop germplasm is identified, inspected, and conserved and how this information is shared throughout the country. The Fellows traveled throughout the country to talk with numerous professionals and scientists. In Washington, DC, the Fellows met with the National Plant Germplasm Laboratory, the American Seed Trade Association and toured the USDA National Arboretum. In Raleigh, NC, the Fellows met with NC State University Plant Breeding Consortium faculty , toured the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Seed Laboratory, NC State University Micropropagation and Repository Unit, and Syngenta Seeds. Then the Fellows traveled to Colorado where they met with the USDA-ARS Plant and Animal Genetic Resources Preservation, Seed Preservation Program. On the final leg of their trip, the Fellows toured the M. Rick Tomato Genetics Resource Center and then the Tree Fruit, Nut, and Grapes National Clonal Germplasm Repository in Davis, California. This cross-country training introduced the Fellows to a wide array of US agriculture and the multiple approaches to germplasm conservation within the US.
Turkey Cochran: Biotechnology Policy and Communication
September 3-14, 2018
The goal of this program was to help Turkey develop a science-based and transparent approach to the genetically engineered products and improve the Turkey Biosafety Law. During this program, the Fellows learned about U.S. and global policies for biotech regulation; biotech production, supply, and demand; biotech research and development; risk communication in agricultural biotechnology; animal feeding and feed production.
We did have to cut the 2-week session short due to Hurricane Florence, but we hope the experience was well-received and some long-lasted relationships were developed.
Ghana Cochran: Feed Formulation for Poultry Industry
September 12-25, 2017
Global Academy hosted a group of fellows from Ghana, two of whom hailed from the Ministry of Food and Agriculture and the other two from the private sector. The USDA-FAS sponsored Cochran program consisted of lectures, roundtable sessions, and practical field visits.
The lectures were conducted by a number of faculty members from Prestage Department of Poultry Science and Department of Animal Science on topics such as industry trends and issues in poultry industry of Ghana, effective methods of feed formulation, government and state level inspection in broiler production and feed mills, and HACCP in feed formulation and manufacturing. The group also met with North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services’ International Trade Office to discuss shipping grain to Ghana and the trade logistics involved.
As grains are an important component of feed formulation, the group had roundtable discussions with North Carolina Small Grain Growers Association, National Corn Growers Association, and North Carolina Soybean Producers’ Association. An important component of the training program included visits to private feed and poultry companies including Premex, Agrisupply, and Case Farms Calypso Feed Mill to observe their facilities and learn about feed milling practices.
Jordan Cochran: Food Supplement Programs
September 30-October 13, 2017
The training program consisted of lectures and roundtables as well as field visits, to allow for lively interaction and question/answer sessions among fellows and the trainers. Multiple lectures and roundtable sessions were conducted by faculty from the Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences, Department of Horticultural Science, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences. They also met with multiple state officials from North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences Food Distribution Division, North Carolina Division of Social Services to discuss a wide variety of government-sponsored nutritional assistance programs. For a first-hand look at how a school lunch program is carried out, the fellows had an interesting trip to Aberdeen Elementary School in Aberdeen, NC. As this training program aimed at exploring the role of the government in supporting food supplement programs, the group met with a number of USDA Food and Nutrition Service officials to discuss programs such as SNAP and WIC.
Bosnia and Herzegovina Cochran: Resilient Agriculture
October 14 – 27, 2017, 2017
In addition to having round-table sessions with faculty from various CALS departments, the fellows also toured a number of NCSU research facilities both in and outside of Raleigh. Some of these visits included USDA-ARS Climate Change/Air Quality Laboratory, Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center, NC State Fish Barn, NC State Animal, and Poultry Waste Management Center, Sandhills Research Station and Center for Environmental Farming Systems. Outside the university facilities, the fellows also met with concerned NC officials from USDA Farm Service Agency, USDA Rural Development Agency, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Mali and Burkina Faso Cochran: Improved Adaption to Drought and Dry Cereal
November 4-17, 2017
While at NC State, the fellows attended lectures and roundtable sessions with faculty from the Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, Department of Applied Ecology, and Prestage Department of Poultry Science. They also visited a number of NC State research facilities such as the National Science Foundation Center for Integrated Pest Management at NC State, North Carolina Plant Disease and Insect Clinic at NC State, Center for Environmental Farming Systems, and Central Crops Research Station. To gain an understanding of how the government is supporting environmentally friendly programs, the fellows also met with North Carolina officials from USDA Farm Service Agency, USDA Rural Development Agency, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, North Carolina Farm Bureau, USDA-ARS Climate Change/Air Quality Laboratory, and USDA-ARS Soybean and Nitrogen Fixation Research Unit. As most of these fellows worked in the cotton industry in Mali and Burkina Faso, they were interested in visiting similar industry facilities in NC. With that aim, they toured private businesses such as Rock Ridge Farms, Silver Lake Cotton Grower’s Gin, Cotton, Inc, and Pace Family Farms.
China SCEP: Variety Protection Patent
Through a USDA-FAS sponsored SCEP program, Global Academy hosted a group of fellows from China from the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) on the topic of plant variety protection and patents. During their time in the US, the group spent time in Washington, D.C., Raleigh, N.C., St. Louis, MO, and San Francisco, CA.
The MOA members were able to meet with their US counterparts to discuss agriculture variety protection and patents through conversations with Janice Strachan from the USDA Plant Variety Protection Office and Elaine Wu and Shubo (Joe) Zhou from the US Patent and Trademark Office. These meetings were valuable in that it allowed for Chinese and US government representatives to exchange knowledge related to their own country’s practices.
The group had the opportunity to visit with three of the primary plant genetics and seed companies in the US; Bayer CropScience (Raleigh, NC), Monsanto (St. Louis, MO), and Syngenta (Raleigh, NC). These companies offered the group a unique industry perspective on plant variety protection and provide them with specific examples and case studies. Additionally, the group attended lectures and case study examples in plant protection and patent law from two esteemed NCSU faculty members.
Turkey Cochran: Agricultural Biotechnology
A group of seven agriculturists from Turkey participate in a two-week training program in the area of agricultural biotechnology, developed by CALS Global Academy in conjunction with NC State’s Genetic Engineering and Society Center (GES). The involvement of GES, co-chaired by Dr. Fred Gould and Dr. Jennifer Kuzma, allowed us to involve lecturers with a diverse background who are experts in communicating about biotechnology. In order to provide the fellows with a multitude of perspectives on agricultural biotechnology, the use of lectures, industry visits, and field experiences was carefully balanced. The program consisted of a diverse group of lecturers spanning eleven departments representing three different colleges.
This assorted group of esteemed faculty lecturers allowed the fellows to learn about the scientific, economical, and political aspects of biotechnology as well as learned effective strategies to communicate with the public and private sectors on issues related to agricultural biotechnology. The benefit that the industry and field visits offered is that the group was able to observe and engage with industry experts and their NC farming counterparts. Industry visits to Syngenta, BASF, and the NC Biotechnology Center allowed the fellows to learn about the effort required to create their products as well as their environmental and economic impact. The fellows also visited two family farms that have incorporated biotechnology crops. These visits allowed the group to get a farmer's perspective on the impact that the implementation of these crops had on their day-to-day operations. The fellows were also able to ask questions related to pesticide use and using GMO crops in rotation with non-GMO crops.
Jamaica Cochran: Community Development
August 14 – 27, 2016
A group of seven marketing extension agents from the Jamaican Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) attended a two-week training program on small farmer engagement through the promotion of community development. The program was coordinated by CALS Global Academy with assistance provided by Dr. Joy Morgan and Dr. Mark Kistler from the Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences.
The program was designed to engage with the fellows through a combination of lectures, roundtable discussions, and practical field visits. The lecture and roudtable format allowed for the fellows to be presented with the overview of a topic, but then allowed for more in-depth question and answer session. This allowed the fellows to ask questions that are pertinent to their farmers and organization. Additionally, the field visits allowed for the fellows to see a diversity of postharvest management, agritourism farms, and extensions programs.
Moldova Cochran: Post Harvest
June 4-17, 2016
A group of seven Moldovans coming from a variety of different agricultural backgrounds and professions participated in a two-week training program in the area of postharvest. The program was coordinated by CALS Global Academy in conjunction with two retired NC State faculty consultants with expertise in this area. CALS Global Academy provided the logistical coordination support while the training consultants developed the training agenda.
The program was carefully designed to impart knowledge of postharvest through a combination of lectures and practical field visits. The benefit that the field visits offered is that the group was able to observe and engage with industry experts and their NC farmer counterparts. The program coordinated visits that allowed the group to visit farms and facilities from the coast all the way to the mountains of North Carolina. This allowed the group to see a diversity of farming environments and items produced. Through their journey across the state, the group also had the opportunity to visit with different agricultural producers, such as Dole Foods in Kannapolis.
Kenya and South Africa Cochran: Agricultural Policy
Five fellows from South Africa and two from Kenya came to the United States to be trained in Agricultural Policy for three weeks. The fellows engaged in a variety of activities related to US agricultural policy. In order to give them a broad educational experience, the group underwent educational seminars provided by North Carolina State University, toured farms, visited research farms, processing plants, met government officials, among others. At NC State, the group had discussions with faculty members from Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Department of Agricultural and Extension Education. The lectures focused specifically on various aspects of international trade policies, agricultural extension policies, and domestic and international organic policies. The group met with officials from North Carolina Farm Bureau, NC Sweet Potato Commission, North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services. In order to learn more about how associations help shape agricultural policy, the group attended Carolina Meat Conference in Winston-Salem, NC. Finally, the group also had the chance to tour Farm Pak Products Inc, a private company located in Spring Hope, NC.
Pakistan Cochran: Dairy Genetics and Management
September 26 – October 10, 2015
Six fellows from Pakistan came to the United States to be trained in dairy genetics and management. The fellows were able to engage in a variety of activities related to US dairy practices. In order to give them a broad educational experience, the fellows traveled to the two important dairy producing states; Wisconsin and North Carolina. While in North Carolina, the group underwent educational seminars provided by North Carolina State University, toured dairy companies, and visited dairy research farms and dairy processing plants. In Wisconsin, they attended the World Dairy Exposition which is an event that attracts several international vendors and dairy genetics and equipment for dairy processing companies. While in the World Dairy Expo, the group was able to tour and speak with vendors, attend seminars, and engage with a large variety of dairy genetic providers.
China Cochran: Swine Genetics and Production
May 31 – June 13, 2015
During the training, the group was able to engage in a variety of activities related to US swine practices. In order to give them a broad educational experience, the fellows traveled to the two largest swine producing states; Iowa and North Carolina. While in North Carolina, the group underwent educational seminars provided by North Carolina State University, toured swine genetic companies, and visited swine research farms. In Iowa, they attended the World Pork Exposition which is an event that attracts several international vendors and swine breeding companies. While in Iowa, the group was able to tour and speak with vendors, attend seminars, watch pig shows, and engage with a large variety of swine genetic providers. Over the course of the two week training, the group attended educational seminars provided by university professors and industry leaders. These educational seminars consisted of talks and discussions about swine genetics, problems currently facing the swine industry, and swine nutrition. In addition to the two seminars and group discussion presented by N.C. State professors, the group was able to hear from several professors from different U.S. universities at the World Pork Expo. One seminar of particular interested was presented by Dr. Safranski from the University of Missouri which covered seasonality and the impact it is has on reproductive efficiency.