CFAES Awarded Distinguished U.S. Department of Agriculture Borlaug Fellowships

Aug. 15, 2017

Three faculty members in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), under the leadership of the Office of International Programs in Agriculture, have been awarded international research fellowships through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program. By working with a distinguished visiting international scholar from a developing or middle-income country, these CFAES faculty will not only broaden their own network of international collaborators, but will also embark on long-term research endeavors that promote improved food security and economic growth.

CFAES Faculty Borlaug Recipients

Rattan Lal, Professor and Director, Carbon Management and Sequestration Center, School of Envrionment and Natural Resources. Working with Ms. Kristine Pascual, Senior Research Specialist at the Philippine Rice Research Institute, the Philippines, on “Climate Smart Agriculture: Research wetting-dry production systems to sustain rice yield and reduce methane emissions through improved water and nutrient management”.

Michael Cressman, Assistant Professor-Professional Practice, Department of Animal Sciences. Working with Dr. Thobela Nkukwana, researcher in poultry nutrition at the Agricultural Research Council, South Africa on “Assessing the effects of exogenous enzymes in high fiber diets on the gut health, nutrient utilization, and body weight gains of broilers”

Rafiq Islam, Program Director and Research Scientist, Ohio State University South Centers. Working with Dr. Alimata Bandaogo, Research Specialist at the Institute of Environment and Agronomic Research, Burkina Faso, on “Improving efficiency and profitability of fertilizer use within the framework of integrated soil fertility management for smallholder farmers”.

The three international researchers will be visiting Ohio State University this Autumn for three months, during which time they will also attend the 2017 Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa to witness the awarding of the 2017 World Food Prize.

For more information on the USDA Borlaug Program, please contact Beau Ingle, Program Manager in the Office of International Programs in Agriculture, at