October 14, 2016

A wonderful article written about the Borlaug Training Foundation and our panel at the 2016 World Food Prize  http://news.trust.org/item/20161014181730-fjq71/


Borlaug Training Foundation Announces Partnership with Monsanto in Support of Global Ag Education

June 07, 2016 12:41 PM Eastern Daylight Time

FORT COLLINS, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Borlaug Training Foundation today announced its first corporate sponsorship from Monsanto Company, a sustainable agriculture company with a shared commitment to ag innovation and education. The Borlaug Training Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides agricultural education and practical-application training to international scientists to advance modern agricultural practices in world regions that need them most. Monsanto has committed $100,000 in monetary and in-kind support for the Foundation, including the participation of company scientists in training scientists in 2016 and 2017 training sessions. The Foundation said that the financial support will assist with future training activities, including providing training materials, classroom support, and other expenses.

“These leaders will be faced with some of the most challenging issues agriculture has seen to date.”

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“Our partnership with Monsanto is founded in a mutual acknowledgement of the challenges facing the future of agriculture, including declining support for formal agricultural education, and the importance of trained professionals to deploy the technologies that will help farmers feed our growing population,” said Dr. Fred A. Cholick, Borlaug Training Foundation president.

Since its 2014 establishment, the Foundation has worked with other international institutes in Mexico and Tunisia to help provide training to students hailing from 17 countries – including China, Afghanistan, Sudan, Pakistan, Tunisia, Georgia, the United States, Egypt, India, Ethiopia, Japan, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Turkey, Iran and Morocco. Students benefit from workshops and lectures from world-class experts in plant breeding, biotechnology, and plant pathology, and then return to their home countries with the latest science to share in academic and grower settings.

“Monsanto has a long history of supporting agricultural education, and we are proud to support the Foundation and its commitment to the next generation of researchers and leaders in agriculture,” said Dr. Jonathan Jenkinson, Monsanto global breeding partnerships lead. “These leaders will be faced with some of the most challenging issues agriculture has seen to date.”

Past training activities have taken place in Mexico and Tunisia, with future training activities being planned in Morocco, Iran and Ethiopia. Students are predominantly plant breeders, pathologists and other agricultural researchers. The Foundation fosters a special dedication to engaging women – who are the leaders in agricultural training and innovation for many societies. To this end, women made up roughly 70 percent of the attendees at the Foundation’s most recent training collaboration.

For more information on the Borlaug Training Foundation, including how to support future training activities, visitwww.borlaugtrainingfoundation.org. To learn more about Monsanto, visit: discover.monsanto.com and monsanto.com.

About the Borlaug Training Foundation

The Borlaug Training Foundation is a nonprofit foundation established to provide agricultural-based education and guidance to scientists from developing nations. It continues the applied training legacy of Norman Borlaug by engaging in collaborative activities with educational, industrial, and agricultural partners to generate, disseminate, integrate, and apply knowledge. For more information visit the Borlaug Training Foundation website.

 

Contacts

Borlaug Training Foundation
Katy Gustafson
Executive Director
k.gustafson@borlaugtrainingfoundation.org


August 28, 2015

CSU partners with Borlaug Training Foundation

Colorado State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences has established a partnership with the Borlaug Training Foundation, founded in honor of Norman Borlaug, widely known as the “father of the green revolution.” Borlaug was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 and was also awarded the National Medal of Science, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Congressional Gold Medal for his work with wheat breeding to improve agriculture to help feed a growing world population.

‘Ideal fit for CSU’

“The Foundation’s commitment to helping train young researchers in developing nations makes it an ideal fit for CSU,” said Scott Haley, professor of Soil and Crop Sciences and head of the wheat breeding and genetics program at CSU. “The Foundation doesn’t have many relationships with other universities, so it really is an honor for us to be associated with the foundation.” Haley is currently serving on the foundation’s board of directors..

Giving the foundation a home on campus will allow CSU to have an increased presence in the international agriculture community through educational programs, scholar exchanges, and symposia to be held here. The foundation ultimately hopes to bring young researchers from around the world to Fort Collins to learn from CSU faculty members and researchers. CSU faculty members will also be ideally positioned to be involved as teachers with international training opportunities throughout the world.

Excellence in agriculture

“We are excited about establishing this new partnership with CSU,” said Katy Gustafson, executive director of the Borlaug Training Foundation. “CSU has a long history of excellence in the area of agriculture and education, and we look forward to becoming part of that legacy.  In partnering with CSU we look forward to working with the leading minds in agricultural innovation as well as have access to cutting- edge facilities.”

In the first three years of the partnership, the foundation and CSU will work to offer training courses in plant breeding and other disciplines at various sites throughout the world, including at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in Mexico. During the next two years, there are hopes to expand the training into additional crops and offer travel scholarships to students. Within five to 10 years, the partnership will produce expanded training courses that will be integrated into the agricultural sciences majors with at least one such course offered every year.

About the Borlaug Training Foundation

The Borlaug Training Foundation is a nonprofit foundation established to provide agricultural-based education and guidance to scientists from developing nations. It continues the applied training legacy of Norman Borlaug by engaging in collaborative activities with educational, industrial, and agricultural partners to generate, disseminate, integrate and apply knowledge. For more information visit the  Borlaug Training Foundation website.

 


PRESS RELEASE                                                                          17 October 2014

 

Contact: Katy Gustafson

Executive Director, Borlaug Training Foundation

k.gustafson@borlaugtrainingfoundation.org

 

BORLAUG TRAINING FOUNDATION LAUNCHES AT 2014 WORLD FOOD PRIZE, ESTABLISHED TO CONTINUE NORMAN BORLAUG’S LEGACY OF TRAINING YOUNG AGRICULTURAL SCIENTISTS


Des Moines, Iowa (October 17, 2014) – Norman Borlaug – wheat breeder, father of the Green Revolution, and native Iowan – would have turned 100 years old in March of this year. Borlaug was a teacher and mentor to many hundreds of agricultural scientists around the world. One of those scientists, Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram, was awarded the 2014 World Food Prize this year. Dr. Rajaram carried forward Borlaug’s mission of breeding better wheat for the world, and his 480 wheat varieties are grown on some 500 million hectares globally. Rajaram was and is committed to training scientists, especially in field-based applications to ensure that they know both the theory and the practice, are able to engage with farmers, and are prepared to orient their own research towards making farms and farmers more productive.


The Borlaug Training Foundation is being launched on this occasion of the World Food Prize being awarded to Rajaram, to celebrate and honor Borlaug and Rajaram’s commitment to training young people. The Borlaug Training Foundation (BTF) will support training courses and capacity development opportunities for young scientists, especially from the developing world. The BTF will engage with teachers and mentors from around the world and connect them with students and early-career scientists. The goal of the BTF is to raise $20 million by 2020 so that these training opportunities will be available well into the future, and so that agricultural science training is of a high quality and thoroughly prepares scientists to take research and improved technology to the farmer.


To learn more or to get involved with the BTF, contact Executive Director Katy Gustafson (k.gustafson@borlaugtrainingfoundation.org).