Oct. 14, 2010

Vilsack visit

ISU officials join Vilsack, international visitors on farm visit

President Gregory Geoffroy joined U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack (center) and two international agriculture ministers on an Oct. 13 tour of Keith (right) and Sue McKinney's farm, southwest of Colo. Vilsack brought Pakistani Agriculture Minister Nazar Muhammad Gondal and Afghan Agriculture Minister Mohammad Asif Rahimi to the Iowa farm to discuss production agriculture and U.S. farmers' connections with land-grant universities.

Other ISU officials participating in the visit were Wendy Wintersteen, dean of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Gerald Miller, interim vice president for Extension and Outreach; Maynard Hogberg, chair of the animal science department; and Kendall Lamkey, Pioneer Distinguished Chair in Maize Breeding and director of the Raymond F. Baker Center for Plant Breeding. Photo by Bob Elbert.