Mid-Atlantic Certified Crop Advisers 2021 Agronomy Scholarship Now Open

This year, the Mid-Atlantic Certified Crop Advisers is offering up to two $1,000 scholarships to college students pursuing a degree in plant sciences, soil science, or agronomy. Recipients will also have the opportunity to take the CCA Exam, free of cost after graduation.

Applicants must be a resident of or attending a college or university in the Mid-Atlantic region (Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia, or West Virginia). Applicants must be pursuing a career in plant or soil sciences, agronomy, or an agriculture-related field.
Scholarship funding is provided by the Mid-Atlantic Certified Crop Advisers Program. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide financial support to students interested in pursuing a career that would lead them to become a certified crop adviser or certified professional agronomist. Given the declining number of students enrolled in agronomy related programs in our region, the Mid-Atlantic Certified Crop Advisers believes it is important to encourage students to consider careers in agronomy by supporting their educational needs through financial support.

The Mid-Atlantic Certified Crop Advisers Scholarship Committee will select scholarship recipients, with all personal information redacted, based on the student’s agronomic background, relevant field involvement, financial need, grade point average, agronomic related studies, career goals, and extra-curricular activities.
Interested students should mail or email a completed application to be received by February 19th. An electronic version of the application can be downloaded from www.midatlanticcca.org. For information, contact Jenell Eck at jenell.mdag@gmail.com or 443-262-8491.

The Mid-Atlantic Certified Crop Adviser (MAACA) Board administers the Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) program for Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia, and West Virginia. The MACCA program is administered by the regional board in association with the American Society of Agronomy, which handles similar programs for specialists in agronomy, crop consulting, weed science, and other agricultural disciplines. Learn more about MACCA on our website and follow along on Facebook.

NCGA Accepting Applications for 2020 Scholarships

The National Corn Growers Association is again offering its William C. Berg Academic Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship thanks to the sponsorship of BASF Corporation.

Five $1,500 scholarships are available to all undergraduate college students regardless of major.

To apply, students or a parent/guardian must be a member of the NCGA. Not a member? Don’t worry! Many state corn associations have an inexpensive student membership fee and you can join online at https://membership.ncga.com/mobile/member.html.

Past scholarship winners and employees and the families of employees of any division of BASF or their subsidiaries or the NCGA are not eligible for the scholarship. Students may apply for membership at NCGA.com.

Applications must be submitted by December 4, 2020. 

The application is available here: http://www.ncga.com/scholarships

TA for ANFS 240 this Spring 2021

We are beginning to accept applications for the Spring semester TA program. This is for the courses of ANFS240: Functional Anatomy and ANFS310: Animal and Plant Genetics. We are only accepting students into the TA program for credit this semester so you must have no more than 17 credits in your schedule to be eligible.

I ask that you remain patient during this time, as we do not know exactly what the lab set-ups will look like in the Spring. We WILL be back in the new and much improved Worrilow Hall! Rules and regulations regarding class size and spacing may very well change as we move forward, but I will keep everyone as up-to-date as possible as we progress!

With that said, if you are interested, please fill out the document below and return it via email to Mrs. Hougentogler (nemeclm@udel.edu) no later than 11/30. We will not make decisions before this date.

Animal and Food Science Undergraduate TA Program_2020

CANR 2022 Winter Session Study Abroad Program in New Zealand- Interest Meeting 11/10

Kia Ora! We are very excited to announce preliminary approval of the CANR 2022 Winter Session Study Abroad Program in New Zealand with a focus on Sustainable Farm Management and Food Production. Join us as we explore pasture-based livestock production, vegetable seed production, crop production and manuka honey production on large farms with a focus on sustainability of wildlife, waterways, native plants, soil and animals. We’ll visit some of the most magnificent farms on the South Island of New Zealand, the world-renowned Christchurch Botanical Gardens, a native wildlife conservation center, and the International Antarctic Centre.

The program will take place during the January 2022 winter session and we expect applications to open early in the spring semester – so it’s not too early to start saving and planning.

We are having our first interest meeting next Tuesday November 10th from 8-10 pm. Please join us at the ZOOM link below. We do ask that you join with your camera on if possible. You may jump in any time during the 2 hours, but we will be giving a presentation that will start shortly after 8. If your parents would like to join the ZOOM, please feel free to include them. We welcome ALL majors in CANR and we have taken all majors on past programs! So join us next Tuesday evening the 10th at 8 pm to hear more! Add the meeting to your calendar now!

Join Zoom Meeting

Dr. Griffiths ( lesa@udel.edu) and Mrs. Susan Garey
Program Co-Directors
43 Townsend Hall

CANR Virtual Town Hall

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee is developing a college-wide action plan to enhance diversity, close achievement gaps, and create a welcoming physical and cultural environment. Student input is critical to this process.
We invite the entire CANR community – undergraduate and graduate students, staff and faculty – to attend a 90-minute virtual town hall. CANR administration and the DEI committee will offer insight on action steps we have taken and plan to take, as well as address student concerns submitted through the anonymous student survey.
Those interested in speaking during the town hall or providing feedback in the chat will be welcome to do so and we will do our best to address all input. The event will be recorded and available for viewing.


New Graduate Program for Microbiology

As we are all very aware, bacterial species and microbes are everywhere and are thriving in their environments. In a field that is rapidly growing, it is extremely important for UD to stay in the forefront of research and education by offering a new Masters and Doctorate degree in Microbiology.

When you join the new interdisciplinary Microbiology Graduate Program at UD, you will join a vibrant and “cultured” community of microbiologists with faculty in 14 departments across campus. This breadth gives students access to an extensive range of equipment, collaborators, and expertise. Our goal is to characterize the microbes in different environments – from the human body to water to soil and sediment – and understand how they work, so that we can put them to work for us.

The Microbiology Graduate Program is currently being funded by a Unidel award where student tuition and Fellowship stipend is 100% covered…so now is the time to apply if you are interested!! We would love to have some UD undergrads continue their studies and research with us. For more information, please visit our website at https://www.udel.edu/academics/colleges/canr/departments/plant-and-soil-sciences/graduate-programs/microbiology/ or reach out to the Program Manager, Wendy Feller at wfeller@udel.edu.