College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

Delegations

Chinese Delegation in a training lab

IPAN frequently hosts visiting delegations from around the world. We have hosted many delegations from Africa, Russia, and particularly from China.

The purpose of the visits vary, depending on the delegations' background and interests. Foreign visitors are interested in subjects ranging from agricultural policy to agricultural economics to soil erosion to extension. Often, the visits include a site visit to a farm or extension office, and always involve faculty members from the College that specializes in the subject matter at hand. The delegations typically comprise either university officials or ministry officials.

Recent visitors included:

  • Northwest A&F University executive Vice President Zhao and his delegation (July 2015)
  • Haiyuan Group, Putian, China, to discuss seafood industry and water quality (Dec. 2014)
  • Kunming Inst. of Environmental Science (Nov. 2014)
  • USDA FAS arranged tour for the Rural Development Agency (RDA) of South Korea, to learn about extension (Oct. 2014)
  • Ministry of Agriculture delegates from Republic of Georgia (Sept. 2014)
  • Afghanistan delegation (June 2014)
  • Chinese officials to learn about U.S. agricultural policy (Feb. 2014)
  • Chinese delegation to learn about sustainable agriculture (Feb. 2013)
  • Serbian delegation (May 2012)
  • Mexico government officials (Sept. 2011)
  • Delegation from Phillipines' Agricultural Training Institute to discuss e-extension (May 2010)
  • Shanxi Province, China, to learn about organic farming (May 2010)
  • Adel Shirmohammadi and Bob Hill met with Moldova's Ag Minister, Valeriu Cosarciuc (Jan. 2010)
  • Met with Nigeria's former Ag Minister, Chief Bamidele F. Dada, now head of Pacesetter Farms  (Jan. 2010)
  • Delegation from China Agricultural University visited UMD to review our programs (Nov. 2009)
  • Faculty from Northwest University's School of Economics and Management, Xi'an, China, met with AGNR's dean and faculty members to learn about UMD  (April 2009)
  • Farm Broadcasters, China (March 2009)
  • Organic Farming committee, China (March 2009)
  • Agricultural specialists from Ningxia, China (February 2009)
  • Iraqi farmers learned about winter wheat (Sept. 2008)
  • Angola's Agostinho Neto University officials learned about revamping its agricultural laboratories (May 2008)
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