Perspectives Online

Honduran agriculture undergrads visit research sites, farms, State Fair

At the N.C. State Student Center (top and bottom photos), the College's Jefferson Scholars hosted a cookout for the visitors from Honduras.
Photo by Becky Kirkland

For the third consecutive year, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences personnel hosted senior students from the National Agricultural University of Honduras-Catacamas at several North Carolina agricultural sites.

In October, 35 Hondurans from the Universidad Nacional de Agricultura (UNA), including the university's rector and several faculty members, learned about our state's food and fiber resources from a variety of College-related sources.

After College Dean Johnny Wynne greeted the group, Dr. Larry Nelson, assistant dean for international programs, and Dr. George Naderman, associate Extension professor emeritus of soil science, conducted an on-campus orientation. The group next viewed the state Farmers' Market. Monica Wood, N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services marketing specialist, hosted that visit.

Photo by Becky Kirkland
The next day, the group discussed North Carolina Cooperative Extension 4-H programs with Dr. Ed Maxa, associate professor and department Extension leader for 4-H youth development, and Gina Garcia-Somuk, 4-H youth development Hispanic outreach director. UNA's administrators are particularly interested in leadership development, Nelson says.

At the Lake Wheeler Road Field Lab, Mark Rice, assistant director, National Center for Manure and Animal Waste Management, hosted the group's Waste Management Center visit. Dennis DeLong, Extension aquaculture specialist, discussed Fish Barn operations. The group also visited the nearby air quality research facilities.

Drs. Paul Mueller and Jean-Marie Luginbuhl, both of the Animal Science Department, and Denise Finney, publicist at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems near Goldsboro, hosted the group there. Sam Uzzell, Cooperative Extension agriculture agent for Pitt County, showed the Hondurans around Davenport Farms, with Charles Davenport hosting. The students later said these sites were the high points of their visit, said Nelson.

The next day, the group visited NCDA&CS's agronomic labs, ending with a hot dog and hamburger cookout with the College's Jefferson Scholars on N.C. State's Student Center patio. Nelson said the Jefferson Scholars enjoyed practicing Spanish with the guests, although most carried their dictionaries.

- Art Latham