February 8-13 was the Biennial California Ag Trip. Ag and Hort students loaded up early Monday morning with Bro. Willis and Bro. Nelson and headed to Chico, California to visit with big-time, big-producing farm operations.
One of the highlights of the trip is going to AgReserves, Inc groves of tree nuts and seeing up close how almonds and pistachios (in Wasco) and walnuts and prunes (Chico, CA) are grown and harvested.
“AgReserves, Inc. is a multi-national, multi-corporate company that operates investment farms and ranches throughout the world. The California Operations Segment, one of the company’s business units, consists of two farming operations: almonds and pistachios in Wasco, CA and walnuts and prunes in Chico, CA. as well as processing facilities in both Wasco and Chico, CA.”
Thursday Feb. 18, there is a University Forum. It will be held at 2pm in the Taylor Chapel.
Dr. Keith L. Smith, former Associate Vice President for Agricultural Administration, the Director of Ohio State University Extension, and Associate Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University, will be presenting on "Challenges of Feeding the World/ The Wonderful World of Agriculture."
Let's show him some support as fellow plant scientists and attend.
Following information from http://www2.byui.edu/DevotionalsandSpeeches/:
His responsibilities at OSU Extension included overseeing an 800 member faculty and support staff who design and deliver educational programs to more than 11 million citizens of Ohio, focusing on agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer sciences, youth development and community development. He oversaw the entire operation of the Extension organization, including budget development and management, legislative contacts on resources and programs, personnel policy development, and coordination with other agencies.
As Associate Vice President for Agricultural Administration, Dr. Smith extended his duties beyond the college as he interacted with the university and community at large as a representative of the Vice President.
In his role as Associate Dean, he was involved with allocation of funds, selection, promotion, and remuneration of Extension personnel, and provided leadership in both program and policy development.
A native of Utah, Dr. Smith received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Agricultural Education from Utah State University, and his Ph.D. in Agricultural Education from Iowa State University in 1980. Dr. Smith began his career as an agriculture science teacher in Brigham City, Utah, followed by two years as a vocational agriculture teacher in Orem, Utah. He then joined the Utah Cooperative Extension Service as a county agent and later moved to Iowa State University as an instructor and Extension associate while working on his Ph.D. He then went to OSU as Extension Leader for Personnel Development and Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural Education. He later became Associate Director for Extension.
Dr. Smith is now an emeritus professor in the department of Agricultural Communication, Education and Leadership at OSU. He has authored and co-authored numerous articles and papers and has served on copious university, college, professional, regional and national committees. Dr. Smith was nominated and received the National Distinguished Service Ruby Award. He also served as chair for the national Extension Committee on Organization and Policy, and participated as a fellow in the Kellogg Food Systems Leadership Institute – a training ground for future high-profile leaders in the university setting.
Brother Smith has served as a primary teacher, gospel doctrine teacher, Bishop, Stake President, Area Authority Seventy and currently serves in the Ohio Columbus Mission presidency and teaches Institute at The Ohio State.
The Agronomy, Crop, Soil Science, and Agriculture TechnologyPrograms provide excellent connections with local and international Agricultural companies doing research through the farm on campus, as well as coordinating internship and employment opportunities throughout their network in the industry. Employment opportunities for students with a background in Agriculture are excellent.