POSTED: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 - 4:00am
UPDATED: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 - 4:04am
Baton Rouge, La — Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center will host six scientists from China until June 15, 2012. The United States Department of Agriculture/Foreign Agricultural Service provides opportunity for participation in the Scientific Cooperation Exchange Program (SCEP) with the People’s Republic of China. The objective of SCEP is to promote bilateral scientific exchanges designed to promote agricultural cooperation, development, and trade between the United States and China. The goal is to exchange scientific teams and technical information between the two countries.
Since the signing of the agreement in 1978, and its incorporation into the U.S.-China Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement in 1979, more than 2,000 American and Chinese scientists have participated in exchanges under the SCEP.
The program supports international exchanges to promote agricultural development and economic growth, and mitigate animal and plant health issues that impede trade. The program offers opportunities for U.S. teams of up to five members to initiate linkages with potential long-term collaborators at Chinese institutions throughout the People's Republic of China.
Southern University A & M College System is the largest historically black U.S. land-grant institution with over 13,000 students enrolled in various programs in its five campuses located in Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Shreveport. As a University System, it prides itself as a leading U.S. institution in applied research and technology, and technology transfers to small scale farmers and a variety of short courses. The Southern University System has been involved in international development programs for decades.