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Citrus Virus. IICA, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation, and the St. Lucia Ministry of Agriculture received training from scientist-volunteer Dr. Richard Lee, of Florida's Lake Alfred Citrus Research Center, in methods of identifying and controlling the spread of the tree-killing citrus tristeza virus.
Killer Bees. Florida's chief bee inspector Laurence Cutts, a regular Corps volunteer, provides regional training for quarantine officers and helps develop legislation to keep bee contaminating factors out of the region.
Natural Pesticides. Veteran volunteer Dr. Gary Leibee, professor at the Central Florida Research and Education Center, Sanford, Florida, assisted the government of Antigua and Barbuda in using neem trees as a botanical pesticide. This project complemented Leibee's previous assistance in integrated pest management for the diamond back moth in Antigua.
Dairy Farm Management. Wayne Odegaard, extension director for Florida's Hernando County, provided training in dairy farm management to members of the Macal Dairy Cooperative in Belize addressing such problems as herd health, calf rearing, housing, feeding, record keeping and milking. Nineteen producer farms participated in the training.
Fruit Fly Programs. Richard Baranowski, director of the Tropical Research and Education Center, University of Florida, Homestead, and Tim Holler, entomologist at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), applied their expertise in Dominica, Antigua & Barbuda and St. Lucia for fruit fly eradication/control.
Small Farmers. Jennifer Maynard, of the Antigua Ministry of Agriculture, has developed, with the Hotel and Tourism Association, a program which will enable small farmers to sell produce directly to hotels, cruise lines, etc. Extension agents were trained by Stephen Brown, of the Lee County Extension Service, Ft. Myers, Florida, to provide marketing advice to small farmers in the program.
Pesticide Safety. Richard Cromwell, associate professor of Agricultural Engineering at the University of Florida, trained 45 agriculturalists in St. Vincent, St. Lucia and Dominica in the utilization of Ultra Low Volume (ULV) applicators which are used to properly spray pesticides. This equipment had not been used for years because of lack of training. This mission was coordinated by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture.
Swine Production. At the request of Belize's Double Head Cabbage Village Pig Raisers' Cooperative, veteran Volunteer Corps consultant Eddie Boston trained co-op members in sanitation and general swine health and production. Since Boston began working with the group in 1987, the market weight of pigs has increased by more than 300%.
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