(Posted Fri. Oct 23rd, 2015)
The National Corn Growers Association Director of Research Dr. Richard Vierling addressed a standing room only crowd at Tennessee State University, a historically black college, on grower-driven business development and entrepreneurship. The audience, which included a group that traveled from Alabama A&M for the presentation, included undergrad and graduate students focused in areas such as genotyping assays, plant breeding and new uses.
“It was great to meet with such an enthusiastic group of young scientists interested in focusing their careers in agriculture,” said Vierling. “Advances in the lab become products that can really help farmers in the field. By reaching out to the researchers of tomorrow, we build a better future for our industry too.”
During the visit, Vierling built relationships so that, when the National Agricultural Genotyping Center is fully operational in the summer of 2016, well qualified graduate students from HBCs will have a chance to gain technology training and real world experience at the Fargo facility. Through this program, NAGC will gain a fresh perspective from young, innovative scientists while they gain valuable skills that will distinguish them to potential employers post graduation.