Wednesday, June 13

Chinese delegates to conclude U.S. visit

Delegates tour SU Ag Center facilities
Baton Rouge, LA - Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center enjoyed hosting six scientists from China as a result of its success in the 2012 Scientific Cooperation Exchange Program award from the USDA.  The scientists who arrived the United States on June 3 will return to China on June 15. They described their stay in Baton Rouge June 6-11, as being “exciting and educational.”

Their first stop was the Southern University campus where the Agricultural Research and Extension Center played host. Dr. Hang Dapeng, the head of the delegation, stated that their mission was to learn best practices about agriculture and extension from the US, return to China and work hard in agricultural extension to help improve lives.  He reported that the exchange program has produced many benefits since its inception.

 “Since the signing of the cooperation in 1978, Chinese agriculture has increased tremendously. China has put a lot of money into agriculture and the relationship with the U.S. has improved, although we still have a lot to do.”

 Dapeng and his group look forward to a brighter future and stronger ties with the United States.

“We hope that in the future, the relationship between China and the U.S. in terms of agriculture and extension will grow and strengthen.”

While in Baton Rouge, the delegates visited diverse places of interest including the Louisiana Department of Agriculture, LSU’s Burden Center, New Orleans and the Tabasco Sauce Factory in Avery Island. On June 11, the team left for Chicago to continue their tour of the country and conclude their visit at Michigan State University in East Lansing.

 For further details, please contact Fatemeh Malekian or Janana Snowden, at 225-771-2242.


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