Las Bahamas se reúnen con el Patterson Hall: embajadores y funcionarios visitan CALS

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The visit of a high-level delegation from The Bahamas didn’t just bring some of CALS’ top minds together with the island nation’s ambassador and other key officials – it sparked an idea for a new motto for CALS.

When Animal Science Department Head Todd See showed a photo of CALS’ Lake Wheeler Field Labs – city skyline in the background – to Michael Pintard, The Bahamas’ Honorable Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources, Pintard exclaimed:

“Your slogan should be, ‘that’s the skyline that agriculture built.’”

Pintard was one member of a delegation that included the Bahamian Ambassador to the United States, the Honorable Sidney Collie, who met with CALS faculty and administration on Oct. 22.

Collie told the assembly at CALS that the group has been tasked by Prime Minister Nubert Minnis to look for opportunities where The Bahamas can develop nationally. Their interest in CALS’ work included the areas of technology, marine sciences and education.

“You all really are one of the best-kept secrets – North Carolina in general and NC State in particular,” Pintard said.

Los profesores de CALS esperan aprovechar la relación internacional existente en Planificación de la conservación to develop new research programs that span the two countries, Associate Dean and Director, NC Agricultural Research Service Steve Lommel said. Pintard encouraged CALS to continue building its relationship with the international community in terms of education as well, saying NC State’s influence across the globe could increase “exponentially” through recruitment of international students.

Why NC State? 

Currently, 86 percent of the Bahamian food supply is imported, and 99 percent of the energy is from fossil-fuels. The Bahamas’ new prime minister and his government are concentrating heavily on diversification of the Bahamian economy – especially in the areas of sustainable energy, technology and agriculture. The delegation that visited CALS also made stops in Texas, Washington, Maryland, Illinois, Georgia and Florida.

El paisaje de las Bahamas se ve un poco diferente al de Carolina del Norte: compuestas por 700 islas y cayos, 30 de los cuales están habitados, las Bahamas tienen una población de 350.000 habitantes, de los cuales más de dos tercios viven en la ciudad capital de Nassau. La economía se basa principalmente en el turismo, con más de 3 millones de visitantes al año.

Pero las principales exportaciones a las Bahamas incluyen aves y carne, lácteos, cerdo y productos porcinos, así como verduras frescas. Nuestros agricultores no solo podrían beneficiarse del aumento del comercio con las Bahamas, dijo la Directora de Asociaciones de Investigación, Deborah Thompson, sino que NC State y NC A&T University podrían ayudar con prácticas agrícolas sostenibles y el desarrollo de nuevas tecnologías.

The Days Are Just Packed

The Bahamas Delegation to CALS

In addition to Collie and Pintard, the delegation that visited CALS included Astra Armbrister Rolle, Bahamas Consul General, Atlanta; Kwasi Thompson, the Minister of State for Grand Bahama; Edison Sumner, president of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce; and Derek Newbold, senior manager of business development with the Grand Bahama Port Authority.

They arrived at CALS after meeting with officials from the NC Port Authority, the NC Department of

Agriculture and a variety of scientists with NC State, NC Sea Grant and UNC-Wilmington that morning, as well as Wake Tech Community College.

En CALS, el grupo aprenderá primero sobre la Iniciativa de Ciencias Vegetales de Carolina del Norte del Director de Lanzamiento Stephen Briggs y la Iniciativa de Alimentos para Animales del Jefe del Departamento de Ciencia Animal, Todd See, y del Jefe del Departamento de Ciencias Avícolas Prestage, Pat Curtis. Luego recibirán información del Coordinador Universitario de Economía Agrícola y de Recursos y Director de Educación a Distancia, John Russ; el director de Programas Internacionales, José Cisneros; Craig Layman, miembro de Excelencia Docente del Canciller y profesor de Ecología Aplicada; y Peter Ferket, profesor de William Neal Reynolds de Poultry Science.

And it wasn’t all academics on their trip to the Triangle: After meeting with CALS faculty and administration, the delegation spent the next day touring SAS and the Wake Tech RTP campus – and, with Agricultural Commissioner Steve Troxler, stopped by the Feria Estatal de Carolina del Norte.

Keep reading: The Bahamas Send High-Level Delegation to CALS

Fuente del artículo: NCSU College of Agriculture and Life Science News