USDA Open Forum @ NCSU – October 9th

Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, USDA NIFA Director
October 9, 2012, Centennial Campus, NCSU

9:00 am Introduction by CALS Dean Richard Linton
9:05 am Open Forum with NCSU Faculty, postdoctorals, students & Staff
10:15 am Open Forum with NCSU Administrators & Stakeholders
11:30 am Concludes

Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC)
Lecture Hall main floor
Centennial Campus, NC State University


As The Federal Land Grant System celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act this year Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy has been confirmed as the new director of USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Dr. Ramaswamy was appointed to serve as director of the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) on May 7, 2012. As part of USDA’s Research, Education, and Extension mission, he oversees NIFA awards funds for a wide range of extramural research, education, and extension projects that address the needs of farmers, ranchers, and agricultural producers. Prior to joining NIFA, Dr. Ramaswamy served as dean of Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences and director of the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station. Previously, Dr. Ramaswamy was associate dean of the Purdue University College of Agriculture and directed the university’s agricultural research programs from 2006 to 2009. Prior to joining the Purdue faculty, Dr. Ramaswamy was head of Kansas State University’s Department of Entomology from 1997 to 2006. He also served on the faculty of Mississippi State University and as a research associate at Michigan State University. He received a Bachelor of Science in agriculture and a Master of Science in entomology from the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India, and his doctorate in entomology from Rutgers University. He is also a graduate of the University of Nebraska’s New Academic Chair’s Program and Harvard University’s Management Development Program.

Our food and agricultural research system is facing unprecedented challenges and addressing these challenges is one of our top priorities. We’re focusing our research on societal challenges such as food security, food safety, sustainable bioenergy, helping farmers adapt to variable weather patterns and preventing childhood obesity. These are the driving factors in the research done through both the intramural and extramural science agencies at USDA.
The food and agricultural research our Land-Grant university partners conduct is vital to maintain our nation‘s safe and secure food supply. These complex challenges require a multi-faceted research approach and our 150 year-old Land-Grant System is pivotal in coordinating partnerships across the public/private landscape.

To park on Centennial Campus, you must either purchase a visitor’s pass or use the pay lot that is located behind BTEC. To purchase a visitor’s pass (fee is $5 daily), stop at the booth on Varsity Drive. The attendant can direct you to the proper parking area. To park in the Partners Way Expansion Deck pay lot behind BTEC, continue straight on Varsity Drive until it reaches a dead end at Partners Way. Turn left. The back of the BTEC building will be on your right. The pay lot for visitors is located in the third parking deck on the left, the Partners Way Expansion Deck. The first two levels are designated for the pay lot. Self-pay machines allow visitors to determine how much time they’d like to purchase and provide a receipt for display in the vehicle dashboard. Note: These decks ONLY accept credit card payment with Master Card, Visa, Discover, or American Express. NO CASH. Rates are $2 per hour with a $10 per day maximum.

Posted on behalf of:

Pamela E. Puryear, MA, MLS, CCRM
NCARS Resource Manager
North Carolina Agricultural Research Service (NCARS)
College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
203A Patterson Hall, Campus Box 7643
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-7643