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Egypt Minister of Agriculture Meets with ARS Administrator

September 25, 2014. At the behest of the US State Department, John Shekailo of the ARS Office of International Research Programs (OIRP) set up a meeting between ARS Administrator, Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young and the Egypt's Minster of Agriculture, Dr. Adel El-Beltagy. Eileen Herrera, Deputy Director, OIRP, and Eileen Thacker, ARS Nutrition, Food Safety and Quality National Program Leader, and Shekailo also attended. The meeting was by special request of the Minister, to renew relations with ARS for continued collaboration on agricultural research and technology transfer, and explore his interest in the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (FFAR), created by Secretary Vilsack in July 2014. Jacobs-Young is one of five ex-officio FFAR board members.

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