College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

Faculty Exchanges

Farmer to Farmer:  Many faculty take advantage of Farmer-to-Farmer programs that send agricultural experts to developing countries to work with local farmers on improving their productivity.  Besides the professional benefits, most faculty find they learn more about their own craft simply by virtue of teaching it to others.  They also can learn about problems that may be unique to a foreign country.

Farmer-to-Farmer is funded by USAID and run by organizations such as ACDI/VOCA, Winrock International, CNFA, Partners of the Americas, Land O' Lakes, OCI International, and Chemonics International. 


In 2010, Dr. Ray Weil, a soil scientist in the Environmental Science & Technology Dept., participated in an ACDI/VOCA Farmer-to-Farmer program in Liberia.  In this photo, the ACDI/VOCA staff, Marvelous and Leona cut macuna for analysis after Dr. Weil suggested it could be used for green manure.

If you are interested in participating in the Farmer-to-Farmer program, contact one of the organizations mentioned above, to be placed in their database.  Be persistent!  Just having your name in the database may not be enough -- contact project coordinators at the organization to let them know of your interest.

Faculty Exchanges: IPAN coordinates faculty exchanges between the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) and foreign universities, and long-term study programs.  Faculty exchanges are six months to one year in length.  We have had a visiting Indian scientist work on bioremediation, another on crop science, and yet another on fish biotechnology projects.   These programs can be designed by the exchange candidate and his or her supervising UMD professor. 

Yahong Yuan is a faculty member from Northwest A&F University, Yangling, China.  She is a food safety specialist who spent the 2007-2008 year conducting research with Dr. Martin Lo. 


Spend your Summer in Angers, France at the Ecole Superieure de Agriculture

Live with a French family. Sample the finest French foods and wines. Get into some language. Learn about French history and culture. Experience an emphasis in . . .

  • Agriculture (horses, dairy cattle, pigs, and more!)
  • Viticulture (and sample the wines!)
  • Gastronomy (and food quality topics!!)
  • Horticulture (flowers plus!)
  • Agribusiness (how does the European community do it?) or even Rural Tourism (a possible cash crop for small farm USA?)

"International Summer School in Wetland Science and Management"


First "International Summer School in Wetland Science and Management" was held July 31-August 16, 2008.  The College of Agriculture & Natural Resources hosted graduate students from the University of Hamburg, Germany, in a symposium designed to engage the students in complex wetland science and management issues.  The German and UMD graduate students attended lectures, student presentations, field and laboratory exercises, structured discussion, and visits to restored and natural wetlands in the U.S.’s mid-Atlantic region.

Dr. Andrew Baldwin, Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Science & Technology (ENST) was the program’s coordinator. “... global climate change is viewed increasingly as a major threat to wetlands” and as wetland damage and destruction grows into a worldwide issue, the universities recognized the need for global partnership, and thus joined forces to create the curriculum, recruit students, and offer the program. 

Emphasis in Hands-on-Experiences

Besides attendinglectures by ENST professors and invited experts, students had an opportunity to engage in a hands-on study of wetland research methods.They will also take field trips to a broad range of wetland types, togain an understanding of diverse wetland climates. Specifically, the participants will take guided field trips to Beltsville Agricultural Research Center in Maryland; the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C.; the University of Maryland Research Greenhouses; bogs and fens in the Appalachians of western Maryland; tidal wetlands on the Nanticoke River on the Delmarva Peninsula; and restored and natural wetlands on Delaware Bay.  “Maryland students will interact closely with students from Germany who are also interested in wetland science and management, but who may have very different perspectives on wetland science and management,” Dr. Baldwin said. Some topics the summer school will address in lectures, labs, and discussions include: evolution ofwetlands after the last glaciation; abiotic/biotic wetland environments; and conservation, restoration, and environmental regulation of wetlands.

Grad Student from India's Haryana Agricultural University visits UMD's College of Veterinary Medicine, calls it "trip of a lifetime."

"I learned about the treatment of various exotic species of birds, which I have never seen in India."


Read Amandeep's letter about his visit to UM.

Moscow State University of Environmental Engineering Study Tour 


Click on photo above to go to article. January 26-February 9, 2008:  Nine undergraduate students at Moscow State University of Environmental Engineering (MSUEE) visited UMD, where they toured two waste water treatment plants, USDA in Beltsville, MD, and soil and water pollution classes on the UMD College Park campus.  IPAN Assoc. Director Dr. Richard Weismiller, has been teaching the MSUEE students for several years by weekly video-conferences. Their tour was kicked off on January 28, 2008, by a video-conferenceled by UMD Pres. Mote with MSUEE Rector Kozlov Dimitri Vyacheslavovich. For most of the students, this is their first trip outside of Russia.  Escorting the students are Andrei Sorokin, MSUEE'sInternational Programs director.   AGNR professors Dr. Trish Steinhilber and Dr. Robert Hill participated in the MSUEE tour.

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