Uruguayan participants of the 2004 Cochran
Fellowship Program along with Agricultural Counselor Robert
K. Hoff form the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires, met today
with local media reporters to share their learning experiences
in the United States.
The Cochran Fellowship Program is administered
by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural
Service (FAS). It provides U.S.-based agricultural training
opportunities for senior and mid-level specialists and administrators
from public and private sectors who are concerned with agricultural
trade, agribusiness development, management, policy, and
marketing. The program offers short-term training opportunities,
most ranging from two weeks to three months, depending on
the objectives of the program. Participants meet with professionals
in their fields, participate in field observations and industry
visits, experience on-the-job training, and attend university
courses and seminars.
Almost 20 years ago, U.S. Senator Thad Cochran
of Mississippi envisioned providing training and support
to help developing nations improve their agricultural systems
and strengthen and enhance trade links with the United States.
Since its inception in 1984, the program
has provided U.S.- based training for over 10,300 international
participants from 90 countries worldwide.
The Cochran Program began working in Uruguay
in 2000. It has provided training to 31 Uruguayan participants.
The content of individual programs varies widely, but typical
examples are Supermarket Management, Produce Handling, USDA
Export Credit Programs, Meat & Poultry Inspection, Agricultural
Statistics, and Grain Purchasing.
The 2004 Uruguayan participants were: Jorge
Cruz Cironi in Restaurant Management, Marcelo Ilundain Petra
in Agricultural Statistics, Daniel Bayce Muñoz en
Biotechnology, Martha Claudio Zeballos in Organic Production
and Marketing, and María del Rosario Guerrero and
Eduardo Paradiso in Veterinary Epidemiology.