During September 2016, CALS International Programs partnered with NC State's Genetic Engineering and Society Center (GES) to deliver a two week USDA Cochran Training Program on Agricultural Biotechnology for eight agricultural professionals from Turkey. This training provided the group of fellows with a multidisciplinary perspective, as it spanned multiple colleges in the university, on biotechnology and its as implications for agriculture both domestically and globally. The program delivered this diverse array of content through a combination of seminars, visits to local farms, and meetings with leaders in the biotechnology industry.
Touring NC State's campus.
The group with USDA representative Linda Eilks.
The group met with Dr. Fred Gould, Co-Director of Genetic Engineering and Society Center. He gave the group a seminar on Environmental Risk Assessment of GMO Crops and Biodiversity Issues.
One of the industry visits featured was to BASF's plant science research and development center in Durham.
Learning about the various crops grown at Pace Family Farm.
Group shot at Pace Family Farm. During the visit, the group learned more about the farm's agricultural practices alongside of a group of NC State undergraduates.
Out in the field at Edwards Family Farm.