Georgian delegation to visit Auburn researchers

8 Feb

A group of farmers and growers from the Republic of Georgia will visit Alabama in early February, learning about the state’s fruit and vegetable production systems. Dr. Gary Lemme, the director of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, says the delegation represents some of the most innovative producers in their country.  The Republic of Georgia is located on the Black Sea between Turkey and Russia.

“The delegation is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Cochran Fellowship Program,” he says. “The Fellowship program is designed to increase food security of emerging democracies and to establish personal relationships among global agricultural leaders.

“Alabama Extension was selected through a competitive process to provide this training experience.  This is the first time that Extension and Auburn University have led a Cochran Fellowship program.”

During their two-week visit, the eight-member Georgian delegation will visit with faculty and researchers at both Auburn and Alabama A&M universities, but a large portion of their time will be spent with fruit and vegetable producers.

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