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College of Agriculture hosts annual NARRU conference

Tarleton State University

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 10, 2013

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Tarleton’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences welcomed 30 guests from nearly two-dozen institutions from across the United States this week as it played host to the annual conference of the Non-Land Grant Agricultural and Renewable Resources Universities (NARRU).

The three-day conference, held Oct. 7-9, was the first-ever to be held at Tarleton, which is one of 60 member institutions designated as having a non-land grant college of agriculture.

Welcoming the delegation to Tarleton’s campus were Dr. Don Cawthon, dean of the college, and President F. Dominic Dottavio, along with NARRU president Dr. Jennifer Ryder Fox, dean of California State University – Chico’s College of Agriculture. Those attending included college-level administrators and department heads representing half of NARRU’s membership.

“Hosting the 2013 annual NARRU conference has been a real privilege,” said Cawthon. “Recent efforts of NARRU have resulted in recognition of non-land grant agriculture programs in the U.S. Farm Bill and authorization for capacity building grant funding that has made $9 million available to universities similar to Tarleton.”

As part of the conference, attendees enjoyed a daylong agribusiness tour across the Cross Timbers region on Tuesday, which included stops at Tarleton’s Southwest Regional Dairy Center, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Schreiber Foods, a Dublin-area dairy, and the headquarters for Clinton Anderson’s Down Under Horsemanship.

NARRU’s directors also held their annual board meeting and welcomed several presenters to discuss college efforts to partner with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and its National Institute of Food and Agriculture in research efforts.

The national organization, founded in 1971, serves as a forum for all faculty, students, staff and administrators of agriculture, food, and renewable resource programs at NARRU state-funded public colleges and universities. According to its website, NARRU serves “to promote excellence in science-based teaching with hands-on experience, in conducting responsive and issue-based research, and in communicating findings to our stakeholders and the general public.”

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Tarleton State University
A member of The Texas A&M University System

Contact: Kurt Mogonye
254-968-9460
mogonye@tarleton.edu

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