Mr. Sher Afzal is a Visiting Researcher from Pakistan who joined our research group on June 23, 2016. He is a Ph.D. Scholar in the Department of Agronomy, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan. His Ph.D. research was about assessment of agronomic benefits of mixed cropping system (30 cropping experiments) and soil health. His M.Sc. (Honors) research was on the evaluation of the role of seed priming with zinc. He likes to play cricket and table tennis.
Mr. Afzal will be working under the joint direction of Drs. David Archer (USDA-ARS) and Igathinathane Cannayen (ABEN, NDSU). He will be working in the Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory (NGPRL), USDA-ARS, Mandan. Experiments on methods of rapid assessment of biomass production, forage and grain quality in annual and cover crop systems, using electronics and image processing methods will be performed by him. He is interested in improving his research skills and learning the scientific methods of agricultural research and analysis as done in the U.S. He believes that this visit will be very fruitful for achieving his goals. The NGPRL and ABEN, NDSU welcomes Mr. Afzal and wishes him all success.
Travis Gregurek has joined our USDA-ARS team in Mandan as our IT Administrator. Shortly after retiring from the Air Force as an Aircraft Armament Systems Specialist in 2005, he began pursuing a career managing information systems and helping others. His education includes a BS and MISM from Minot State University. This summer in his off-time, besides watching a movie or two at The Grand, he's been busy camping and spending time with friends and family.