|Dr. Zhu Ning making oral presentation|
|Dr. Kamran Abdollahi making oral presentation|
Baton Rouge, LA – The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture awards grants to select institutions from a pool of competitive proposals annually. The 1890 Capacity Grants Program aims to build capacity among minority serving institutions with these funds focusing on teaching, research and extension. Once a year, project directors of these USDA/NIFA awarded grants convene to share progress and impacts of their programs with the funding agency, and network with peers on new proposals. The PD conference took place September 15-17, 2014 in the USDA Headquarters, Washington DC. On September 16, PDs from various 1890 land-grant institutions made oral presentations of their project findings to representatives from numerous USDA agencies and related entities at the USDA South Building on Independence Avenue. On the 17th, other participating project directors made poster presentations at the USDA NIFA Waterfront Center.
Seven participating PDs and Co-PDs represented the SU Ag Center this year at the conference with oral and poster presentations. Zhu Ning, Professor, urban forestry, made an oral presentation on “Strengthen Teaching and Learning in Urban Forestry through Climate Change Education.” Kamran Abdollahi, Professor and Program Director, urban forestry, also gave a talk on “Assessing Bioenergy Production Potential from Urban Forest Waste Biomass in Louisiana.”
Additionally, other PDs and co-PDs brought posters for display at the Waterfront Center from the SU Ag Center: Kenyetta Nelson-Smith, Assistant Extension Specialist - BOLD: Developing Leaders in Rural and Underserved Populations; Zhu Ning, Professor, urban forestry - Integrating Sustainability into Urban Forestry and Agriculture Education; Christie G. Monroe, Livestock Director - The Young Men’s Garden That Thrives; Tiffany Wilkerson-Franklin, Extension Associate - Eradicating Food Deserts in Neighborhoods through the Development of School Gardens; Bridget Udoh, Communications Specialist and Oscar Udoh, Planning and Evaluation Coordinator – Strategies to Improve Farm and Business Efficiency Through Integrated Communication.
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