Six representatives of Iraq’s Ministry of Agriculture visited facilities of the University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) last month to learn more about agriculture in the U.S., with presentations ranging from environmental safeguards to poultry disease control.
The Iraq delegation toured the CANR dairy farm on the Newark campus and the Elbert N. and Ann V. Carvel Research and Education Center in Georgetown on April 8.
At the CANR dairy farm, the group learned about the use of environmentally sound management practices that sustain productivity and protect water quality.
They also examined how the CANR farm implements a comprehensive nutrient management plan that addresses nutrient balance and best management practices in order to use fertilizers and manures in a manner that optimizes plant and animal productivity and protects air, soil and water quality.
The delegation traveled to the Carvel Center for a presentation on how research and Cooperative Extension come together in a working agriculture experimental substation.
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Article by Adam Thomas and Michele Walfred
Photos by Michele Walfred