WFP USA hires Karsting for its policy post |

WFP USA hires Karsting for its policy post

The World Food Program USA, a nonprofit organization that supports the mission of the United Nations World Food Programme, has hired Phil Karsting as its new vice president of policy.

Karsting was an administrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service in the Obama administration, where he promoted global agricultural trade and worked with nongovernment organizations to establish school feeding programs in developing countries through the McGovern-Dole Food for Education program. Before joining FAS, Karsting served in several key positions on Capitol Hill, including chief of staff to Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis., then chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, and legislative assistant to Sen. Jim Exon, D-Neb., on agriculture and natural resource matters. Karsting also served as senior analyst for the Senate Budget Committee where he handled issues relating to agriculture, rural development, housing, telecommunications, energy and the environment. He received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is also a graduate of the French Culinary Institute in New York. “Growing up in rural Nebraska and helping my family’s farm supply business sparked my passion early in life for American agriculture and food policy,” Karsting said in a news release.

UNL grad student wins Maize-Asia Youth Innovator Award

Dinesh Panday, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln agronomy graduate student working and studying at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center, is one of the winners of the 2018 Maize-Asia Youth Innovators Awards. He was presented with the award at the 13th Asian Maize Conference Oct. 8-10 in Ludhiana, India, and was invited to present his work in maize research for development at the closing plenary session. Panday is a doctorate graduate research assistant in soil fertility and nutrient management and has been conducting research in the Scottsbluff area, while based at the Panhandle Center. His advisers are Bijesh Maharjan, assistant professor of agronomy and horticulture and soils and nutrient management specialist at the center, and Richard Ferguson, professor and interim head of the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture. Panday’s research aims to determine the effectiveness of high-carbon char in reducing environmental nitrogen loss and improving nitrogen fertilizer use efficiency in fertilized soils in semi-arid regions. The project uses sensors to detect maize nitrogen stress, predict grain yield and determine in-season and additional side-dress applications of nitrogen fertilizer, to reduce environmental impacts.

UW livestock judging team succeeds at the American Royal

A University of Wyoming livestock judging team member won the individual competition among 136 contestants, and the team placed fourth among 29 universities at the American Royal Livestock Show in Kansas City on Oct. 26. Laurel Rigby of Ronan, Mont., won the individual competition by nine points. She placed first in swine, third in beef and in reasons and seventh in sheep/goats judging. Her individual reasons score of 379, which is over a 47 average on eight sets, is an all-time UW record at any contest. Tyler Shaw of Kimball, Neb., was 12th overall individual, and 10th in swine and 13th in sheep/goats. Juan Gavette of Everson, Wash., was 12th in sheep/goats. The team was first in sheep/goats, sixth in swine, seventh in reasons and eighth in cattle.

The team also competed in three contests four days earlier in October. Rigby again led the team to a sixth-place finish at the Mid-American Classic in Hutchinson, Kan., by finishing fourth overall, fifth in swine, sixth in reasons and seventh in beef. Gavette was second in sheep/goats. The team competed the following day at the Tulsa State Fair in Tulsa, Okla., with the highlight being sixth in beef cattle. The team completed the weekend at the Texas State Fair in Dallas. Highlights included placing second in swine and fifth overall. The team’s final competition for the national championship is at the North American International Livestock Expo Show in Louisville, Ky., Nov. 12. ❖

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