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USDA assistant secretary for civil rights to speak at Southern University - Monday, November 1, 2010
Joe Leonard, USDA assistant secretary for civil rights is scheduled to speak at the Southern University's Global Food Security and Plant Biosecurity Symposium on November 9, 2010. Leonard will give remarks at 9:30 am at the Southern University Royal Cotillion Ballroom, Smith-Brown Memorial Student Union. Leonard will address symposium participants including students, guests, staff, administrators, community, and faculty members.

The Symposium will feature presentations and demonstrations from scientists and professionals working on the frontlines of global food security and plant biosecurity from Land-Grant Universities as well as various federal and state agencies.

The symposium will also feature graduate students' research in global food security. An awards luncheon will be held on Tuesday to honor urban forestry graduate students for their outstanding achievements in Global Food Security. Students who completed plant biosecurity internships during the summer of 2010 will receive a special recognition.

The symposium is sponsored by the USDA/NIFA 1890 Capacity Building Grant awarded to Daniel Collins, entitled "Graduate Education and Training in Global Food Security and Agricultural Bio-security." Collins is professor of plant pathology in urban forestry program at Southern University and A & M College, Baton Rouge. For further details, please contact Collins at: 225-771-2242 or via email:


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