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The University of Nebraska is traveling
University faculty members from the
NU Institute of Agriculture and Natural
Resources are involved in three
agricultural programs on five continents.
A program to assist Colombia with
technical advice and assistance began in
1966 and will end in July. A study of
different types of wheat is being
conducted by NU and the Mexican
government. A third program developing
sorghum is a joint effort by NU, India,
Lebanon, Mexico and countries in
Southeast Europe and in Africa.
The Colombian program is financed by
the U.S. State Dept., the Agency for
International Development (AID) and
grants by the Kellogg and Ford
foundations. About 25 University
personnel aie participating in the
program, said Howard W. Ottoson,
director of the Lincoln Agricultural
Other midwestern universities
participating in the Colombia program
are: Colorado State University, Iowa
State University, Kansas State University,
the University of Missouri and Oklahoma
The Columbia program has four
objectives, Ottoson said.
"One objective was to increase tne
research capability of the Colombian
oeop e '' Ottoson said. "We wanted to
S on the program already startec by
the Rockefeller Foundation and iiU in
some of the gaps." faritv
Ottoson explained that NU faculty
"members helped establish research
programs in veterinary science,
agricultural engineering and agronomy.
University personnel also helped establish
teaching programs in agricultural
economics and home economics, he said.
"A second objective was to develop an
agricultural extension program somewhat
on our model," he said.
Model after NU
The third objective was to develop a
teaching program and organize a college
of agriculture modeled after NU's college,
Ottoson said. He added that the National
University of Colombia already had a
program of agricultural study, but that
NU staff members helped add courses.
The fourth objective was to train
Colombian students in the United States
at the various universities participating in
the program, Ottoson said. About 250
Colombians attended NU from 1967 to
1975, said Malena Komarek, a staff
assistant in the Department of
No state tax dollars
Ottoson said no state tax dollars were
spent on any aspect of the Colombian
program. The University took the lead in
implementing the program at the urging
of AID, he said.
The two other international programs
are primarily research-oriented, Ottoson
About seven staff "members are
participating in the wheat program, said
John W. Schmidt, professor of agronomy
and one of the participants in the
program. He said the Ford and
Rockefeller foundations also have given
grants to the program, but said he was
not sure how much money has been
The program is an exchange of
information between Mexican and
American agronomists to develop better
varieties of wheat, Schmidt said.
Sorghum is being studied to increase
its yield, Ottoson said, and to adapt it to
The sorghum program is supported by
AID, the Rockefeller Foundation, the
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, and private
seed companies, said Jerry D. Eastin,
professor of agronomy and coordinator
for the program, said. Five NU faculty
members are researching for the program.
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