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December 16, 2005

Extension greets Honduran students

Honduran students visit NC State (Art Latham photo)

For the third consecutive year, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has hosted senior students from the National Agricultural University of Honduras (Universidad Nacional de Agricultura or UNA) in Catacamas at agricultural sites in North Carolina.

In October, 35 Honduran agriculture students, including the university rector and several faculty, learned about our state’s agriculture from a variety of College-related sources.

After greetings by Dean Johnny Wynne and an on-campus orientation by Dr. Larry Nelson, assistant dean for international programs and International Programs Advisory Committee director, and Dr. George Naderman, associate Extension professor emeritus in soil science, the group visited the State Farmers’ Market hosted by Monica Wood, marketing specialist with the N.C .Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

The next day, they discussed 4-H programs with Dr. Ed Maxa, associate professor and department Extension leader for 4-H youth and development, and Gina Garcia-Somuk, 4-H youth development Hispanic outreach director. Leadership development is of particular interest to the administration of UNA.

At the Lake Wheeler Road Field Lab, Mark Rice, assistant director, National Center for Manure and Animal Waste Management, hosted their visit to the Waste Management Center and Dennis DeLong, Extension aquaculture specialist, discussed operations at the Fish Farm. Nearby, they visited air quality research facilities.

Denise Finney, Paul Mueller and Jean-Marie Luginbuhl did the honors at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems near Goldsboro and Sam Uzzell, Cooperative Extension ag agent for Pitt County, showed them around the Davenport Farms with Charles Davenport being their host. These sites were the high-points of their North Carolina visit according to the UNA students.

The next day, the group visited NCDACS’s agronomic labs, ending the day with a joint meeting and a hot dog and hamburger cookout with Jefferson Scholars on the University Student Center patio. The Jefferson Scholars enjoyed practicing their Spanish with the guests (although most of them carried their dictionaries). The following day they took in the State Fair.

-A. Latham

Posted by Art at December 16, 2005 02:30 PM