Support: iAGRI; dairy scholarship; poultry student recruiting

CFAES recently announced the following support for the Innovative Agricultural Research Initiative and two of the college’s livestock-related programs, although photo notwithstanding, they’re not porcine.

Improving food security in Tanzania

I’m happy to share with you that the Innovative Agricultural Research Initiative (iAGRI), a major Feed the Future project led by Ohio State, recently received $4.25 million from USAID to continue our efforts to improve food security in Tanzania.

This funding will achieve the iAGRI project’s goals of furthering graduate degree training in the agricultural and nutritional sciences; fostering international collaborative research between faculty at Ohio State, other U.S. land-grant university partners, the Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), and the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries in Tanzania; and strengthening the institutional capacity of SUA to develop innovative agricultural education programs and form strategic linkages with the private sector.

We look forward to the collaborative opportunities that this funding will continue to bring to our campus community and our international partners in addressing global food security challenges.—Mark Erbaugh, International Programs in Agriculture

Catalpadale Bristol Dairy Scholarship

A gift from John and Lois Douglass of Marshallville, Ohio, has established the Catalpadale Bristol Dairy Scholarship, which will cover full in-state tuition and fees — a first for Ohio State ATI.

The scholarship will support eligible students enrolled in the dairy cattle production and management or dairy science degree programs. The goal is to support students who have career goals in production agriculture.

“We want to provide an opportunity to someone who may not even be considering college, who might not be the strongest student academically; someone who doesn’t have the resources for a college education,” said John Douglass. Preference will be given to students from Wayne County and surrounding counties who meet the selection criteria.

John and Lois are the owners of the Catalpadale Dairy and Bristol Dairy in Marshallville and the Coral Hill Dairy in Glasgow, Kentucky. The operation has 75 full-time employees, including several Ohio State ATI graduates who have become mid-level managers. John has represented dairy producers on a number of state and local committees and organizations and is past president of the Wayne County Farm Bureau. He has maintained a close relationship with Ohio State ATI’s dairy programs over the years, serving on its advisory committee and as a guest lecturer in numerous classes as well as hosting students for field trips, hands-on training workshops and internships. He has also partnered with graduate students on various research trials.

About 50 students are enrolled in Ohio State ATI’s dairy programs.

“We are exceedingly grateful to John and Lois for their long-term support of our dairy students and programs,” said Royce Thornton, chair of ATI’s Agricultural and Engineering Technologies division and coordinator of the dairy programs.—Ohio State ATI press release

USPOULTRY student recruiting grant

Ohio State recently received a $4,600 student recruiting grant from the USPOULTRY Foundation. The grant was made possible by an endowing gift from Midwest Poultry Services.

“Bringing bright, young people into our industry in our region is critically important, and we are very pleased to support this effort,” said Bob Krouse, CEO of Midwest Poultry Services.

“We truly appreciate these funds and intend to use them to recruit students who are not yet at OSU and students within the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences by inviting them to join poultry science sponsored events. We cannot wait to utilize this generous grant to further facilitate and enhance interest in the poultry industry,” said Michael Cressman, assistant professor in the college’s Department of Animal Sciences.

The funds will be used to provide animal and meat science students with exposure to the poultry industry, on a state and national level, to help better understand the scope of the poultry industry. The students will have an opportunity to experience poultry judging contests, attend major poultry industry conventions and visit state industry partners.

The USPOULTRY Foundation board approved student recruiting grants totaling more than $230,600 to the six U.S. universities with poultry science departments and 20 other institutions with industry-related programs. The foundation provides annual recruiting funds to colleges and universities to attract students to their poultry programs.

The foundation’s mission is to support the recruitment and training of the brightest students, seek and fund scientific research, foster student scientists, and promote careers in the poultry and egg industry.—USPOULTRY Foundation press release