Florida A&M University students traveled to the Dominican Republic this summer as part of their Service Learning in International Agriculture course.

According to FAMU Forward, the College of Agriculture and Food Science students are Rachel Fernandez, a junior animal science student, Johnesha Jackson, a junior animal science student, Greg McNealy, an agribusiness graduate student,  Halimah Wynn, a junior agronomy student, and Jorge Del’Angel, a junior biological engineering systems student.

The students are working with local public and private sector organizations to improve the quality and safety of horticultural products exported to Europe and the US.

“We are excited to partner with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to increase the participation of our agriculture graduates from historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) into foreign service career tracks,” Harriett Paul told the FAMU Forward.

Paul is director of FAMU’s Center for International Agricultural Trade Development Research and Training. She also leads the 1890 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Center of Excellence in Global Agriculture Program, through which students are exposed to opportunities to prepare for foreign service careers with the USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service – International Services and the Foreign Agriculture Services.

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