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Synopsis: We’ll take a look at the power of storytelling generally and then examine it as a tool for attracting students and professionals to careers in soil science, crop science, and agronomy. Members of the associated professional societies have identified workforce development – attracting and retaining the next generation of scientists and technicians – as the single largest challenge facing our disciplines. Come prepared to talk about your journey to science and about what the Tri-Societies can do to attract more people like you to careers in our sciences.
Bio: Jim Cudahy is the new chief executive officer of the Soil Science Society of America, the Crop Science Society of America, and the American Society of Agronomy, collectively known as “ACSESS.” Rather than having a science background, Jim arrived to the Tri-Societies from a career in non-profit management, having worked in similar roles for the National Investor Relations Institute and the National Court Reporters Association. Jim climbed the ranks of non-profit management through marketing and communications and is in the process of modernizing the Tri-Societies’ branding, which he sees as central to attracting the next generation to careers in our sciences.

Agriculture ranks among the most hazardous industries. Farmers remain at very high risk for fatal and nonfatal injuries, and farming is one of the few industries in which family members (who often share the work and live on the premises) are also at risk for fatal and nonfatal injuries.

University of Iowa’s Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health has offered the Agricultural Safety and Health Core Course for over two decades, providing information and skills to physicians, nurses, veterinarians, industrial hygienists, safety and health managers, public health practitioners, and anyone interested in gaining the skills needed to anticipate, recognize, and prevent occupational illnesses and injuries among members of the agricultural community.

This year GPCAH offers a virtual course on June 1, 16, 23, and 30 with an in-person farm tour at Iowa State University on June 2. The tour is required for graduate student credit and is optional for all other participants. Continuing education credits will be available.

The course includes the following topics:

  • Occupational Safety and Health in Agriculture
  • Transportation Hazards in Agriculture
  • Use and Selection of Personal Protective Equipment
  • Implementing Prevention Practice Based on Biological Risk Assessment
  • Agricultural Injury
  • Pesticides
  • Rural Health and Safety: The Employer Perspective
  • Occupational Skin Disorders and Diseases of the Lungs in Agricultural Settings
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders Among Agricultural Workers
  • Ergonomics in Agriculture
  • Behavioral Health in Agricultural Populations
  • Cancer in Agricultural Populations
  • Medication Related Agricultural Injury
  • Telehealth
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • And more…

Register for the course at LINK and follow GPCAH on social media for updates at and

If you are interested in the course but are unavailable to attend, GPCAH also offers online training in many of these topics. Visit to learn more and sign up for a free account to view the training.

The mission of the GPCAH is to prevent agricultural injury and illness and improve safety and health among agricultural communities.

To accomplish this mission, the Center advances knowledge through scientific research and prevents agricultural injury and illness through education, outreach, and intervention programs.

The GPCAH is funded by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).  The NIOSH Agricultural Centers were established as part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) / NIOSH Agricultural Health and Safety Initiative in 1990. The Centers were established by cooperative agreement to conduct research, education, and prevention projects to address the nation’s pressing agricultural health and safety problems.  Geographically, the Centers are distributed throughout the nation to be responsive to the agricultural health and safety issues unique to the different regions.

Please read below for exciting upcoming events at White Clay Creek State Park!

Christina River Cleanup – White Clay Creek State Park unit

Saturday April 22 from 8am to 11am at the Nature Center of White Clay Creek State Park, 1475 Creek Rd.

Celebrate Earth Day and give back by helping clean up White Clay Creek, which flows to the Christina River. Individuals and teams from families, schools, businesses, clubs, etc. are very welcome! Clean up supplies will be provided.

To get details and sign up as a in individual or team, use the volunteer link at this site

Garlic Mustard Pull Competition

Saturday April 22 from 1pm to 3pm at the Carpenter Recreation Area of White Clay Creek State Park, 880 New London Rd.

Exert your competitive spirit and celebrate Earth Day by pulling up the invasive garlic mustard plant. There will be prizes for the most garlic mustard pulled and bagged. Individuals will be assigned to a team and teams from families, schools, businesses, clubs, etc., are very welcome! Volunteers should dress for the weather, wear closed toed shoes, long pants and clothes that can get dirty. Hat, gloves, insect repellent, and sunscreen are recommended.

To sign up as an individual or team, go to the event at Delaware State Parks Volunteer Calendar at this link:

Creek Fest!

Creek Fest is a fun family-friendly all-day event to celebrate our beautiful White Clay Creek at White Clay Creek State Park. It takes a lot of volunteers to make Creek Fest run smoothly and we need your help.

Volunteer opportunities are on Friday May 5 from 12 to 4pm and on Saturday May 6 throughout the day from 9:30 am until 5:30 pm.  Needs include set up and tear down as well as face painting, staffing the craft table, and parking control. 

The festival is Saturday May 6 from noon to 4pm at the Carpenter Recreation Area of White Clay Creek State Park, 880 New London Road.  Find out more about the festival at

Individuals and teams are welcome to sign up to volunteer by contacting Ann Burruss at

Join us on Saturday, March 25, 2023, for an open house and special feature programming in connection with the Smithsonian exhibit “Crossroads: Change in Rural America” (

Visitors to the Museum will enjoy touring the exhibit and other fascinating displays in the museum’s main exhibit hall and historic Delaware village (10:00am – 3:00pm)

FEATURE PROGRAM (1:00pm – 3:00pm)


*  Author Dave Tabler discusses his book:  Delaware Before the Railroads

*  Educator and local historian, Samuel Derby Walker, Jr., discusses the history

   of S. H. Derby & Co. family farm and the remarkable history of Woodside,


Where:  Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village 

866 North DuPont Hwy.

Dover, DE 19901

Crossroads - Change in Rural America (

Please join the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources DEI Committee on Tuesday, April 4, 2023, for a special presentation with guest speaker Karelle Hall. 

Karelle's presentation, "Sovereignty and Race: Intersections of Nanticoke and Lenape Identities," will begin at 5 p.m. in Townsend Hall, room 132.

 Light refreshments will be served in the Townsend Hall Commons at 4 p.m.


(If you cannot attend in-person, there is an option to attend virtually.
You will receive a Zoom link should you choose that option. This program will be recorded.)

Presentation Summary

"My presentation explores how racial identities and categories particularly impact the Nanticoke and Lenape people of Delaware and New Jersey.  Their ongoing efforts to maintain and assert tribal sovereignties are continuously intersected with the politics of race and ever shifting racial categories." 

The Agriculture College Council (AgCC) will be hosting a VMCAS Vet School Panel on Thursday, March 23rd from 5-6 PM in the Townsend Commons. A panel of UD students and faculty will discuss all things Vet School including application tips and advice for a successful experience! This event is free and open to all majors and years (freshmen to senior). 

Please see the attached flyers for two upcoming seminars by Dr. Younas Dadmohammadi and Dr. Chetan Sharma, candidates for a position in the Animal and Food Sciences Department.  

The seminars are scheduled for March 14 and March 16 at 2 pm in the Allen Lab. Please join us, Allen lab is a nice short walk from Townsend and Worrilow Halls.

The purpose of this welcome event is to introduce students to the Career Center’s new program, UD CAMI (Career Access & Mobility Initiative), that supports the career development of underrepresented, first generation, limited income students. The event will feature food, music, and prize raffle drawings for participating students. This event is open to all class years, including graduate students.

 Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at 6:00pm to 8:00pm | Trabant University Center, Student Lounge

Details on Handshake:

Students can register here: or through the Handshake link. 

AGcelerate Enrichment Program is offering an “Applying to Vet School Session" hosted by Dr. Griffiths for PreVet majors of all years (freshman – senior). The session will be held on Monday, March 20th from 6:00-7:00 PM via Zoom. It is highly encouraged for PreVet majors to attend and come prepared with questions about all things applying to vet school!

Zoom Meeting Link: