Eight member universities of the Land Grant University Colombia Consortium visited Colombia from November 27 to December 1, 2017 for the purpose of exploring potential partnerships and new opportunities for engagement in the are of rural and agricultural development. Sponsored by the the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy,  the week-long mission involved visits to Bogota, Palmira, Cali and Medellin for meetings with universities, research centers , foundations and the private sector.  

The delegation was led by U.S. Embassy Cultural Affairs Officer Michelle Riebeling.  Participants included:


University Team
UC Davis Pablo Guzman, Int´l Programs/Global Affairs Office
Cornell University Miguel Gomez, Associate Professor Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
Juan Nicolas Hernandez, PhD Candidate, Dyson School of Applied Economics & Management
University of Florida Pilar Useche, Associate Professor, Food & Resource Economics & Center for Latin American Studies
Jorge Ruiz-Menjivar, Assistant Professor, Family and Consumer Economics
Michigan State University Laurie Medina, Director, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Associate Professor, Dept. of Anthropology
New Mexico State University Rod McSherry, Gerald Thomas Chair, Global Agricultural Initiatives, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
Penn State University Siela Maximova, Senior Scientist & Professor of Horticulture, Dept. of Plant Science
Lina Tami, Visiting Fulbright Fellow, Agricultural Economist and Chief of Technology Transfer, Corpoica
Purdue University Jeff Stuart, Professor of Entomology, Director, Colombia Purdue Institute
Washington State University Melba Salazar, Interim Leader of AgWeatherNet; Assistant Research Professor, Biological Systems Engineering Dept.
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