December 11, 2017
With Republicans trying to pass a tax-reform bill before Christmas, the University of Illinois is actively lobbying to keep the tax-free status of tuition waivers for grad students, among other provisions that could make higher education more expensive. UI President Tim Killeen sent a letter Wednesday to the leaders of the conference committee that is trying to reconcile the U.S. House and Senate versions of the bill.
November 20, 2017
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told the heads of the land grant universities on Tuesday that they should not count on money from the Agriculture Department to make up for any cuts to their budgets from state governments. Perdue told the convention of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities that university heads should tell their legislatures that "they cannot expect to replace funds that are lost through the local appropriations process."
October 24, 2017
Issues facing the world are not divided into academic departments, and universities should reflect that reality in their search for solutions, Peter McPherson, president of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, said at the Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium. The big issues almost always require social sciences as well as traditional life sciences,” McPherson said during a panel on breaking down silos in grant work. “Just think about the big issues, you need people along with the technical solution.”
June 9, 2017
Auburn University continues to take an active role in the conversation regarding food insecurity at home and abroad. Recently a number of administrators were tapped to examine domestic and global food security. June Henton, dean of the College of Human Sciences at Auburn, Auburn's incoming president Dr. Steven Leath, and Paula Hunker, director of strategy and policy for Auburn's Hunger Solutions Institute, participated in the Challenge of Change Commission.
May 17, 2017
The Challenge of Change Commission, established by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU), last year, has released a report identifying solutions for the global food system. The APLU convened the commission to examine challenges to food security and make recommendations on the actions required by public research universities to meet global food needs by 2050. The group is comprised of prominent university, government, non-governmental organizations, and business leaders.
May 5, 2017
A hungry child knows no politics. That’s what President Ronald Reagan declared in 1985 after approving food aid to famine-stricken Ethiopia, where hundreds of thousands were starving. There has been some progress in parts of Africa, but big challenges remain. In February, the United Nations declared famine in parts of South Sudan, where 100,000 people could die of hunger without intervention. In addition to South Sudan, families are teetering on the brink of famine in Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen. Organizations like the World Food Programme are scaling up relief operations to reach the most vulnerable households, but funding shortfalls mean resources aren’t keeping up with the need. People are really facing starvation.
January 24, 2017
As a matter of fairness President-Trump should maintain the DACA immigration order. We appreciate that he’s already stated “we’re going to work something out” on the program. DACA offers deferred status to undocumented individuals who were brought as children by others and have lived here continuously since 2007. Many were brought to this country at such a young age that the U.S. is the only home they know.
September 6, 2016
The head of Mexico's agriculture agency will be visiting New Mexico State University next week. The university made the announcement Thursday, saying Jose Eduardo Calzada Rovirosa will be on campus Sept. 9. His visit will include the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. The agreement aims to strengthen communication, promote scientific research and collaborate with Latin America, the Caribbean and other countries. Calzada Rovirosa also will meet with University Chancellor Garrey Carruthers and Rolando Flores, the new dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. An NMSU graduate, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto appointed Calzada Rovirosa as the country's agriculture secretary in August 2015. He previously served as the governor of the Mexican state of Querétaro.
May 16, 2016
Three agricultural experts from Purdue University have been appointed to a newly created Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities commission to help ensure universal food security by 2050. The commission, called The Challenge of Change: Engaging Public Universities to Feed the World, includes Gebisa Ejeta, distinguished professor of agronomy and the 2009 World Food Prize laureate; Jay Akridge, Glenn W. Sample Dean of Purdue Agriculture; and Vic Lechtenberg, special assistant to the Purdue president and dean emeritus of the College of Agriculture.
May 16, 2016
Drawing on the unique academic, research and leadership capabilities of public research universities, the Assn. of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) convened a new commission, The Challenge of Change: Engaging Public Universities to Feed the World, to address growing domestic and global food security challenges and ensure universal food security by 2050.