U.S., Mexico ag secretaries meet on campus

Pat Schnable leads a presentation on the tour

Pat Schnable (second from left), director of the Plant Sciences Institute, accompanied by Baskar Ganapathysubramanian (far left), a faculty scholar of the institute, makes a short presentation as part of a tour of the institute. Photos by Christopher Gannon.

Coinciding with World Food Prize events in Des Moines this week, the U.S. and Mexico agriculture secretaries traveled to Iowa State for a few hours Oct. 20 for a bilateral meeting and a tour that included the Seed Science Center and the Plant Sciences Institute. Mexico's secretary of agriculture and rural development Víctor Manuel Villalobos Arámbula and U.S. secretary of agriculture Tom Vilsack were scheduled to participate Thursday on World Food Prize panels.


President Wintersteen greets the two national agriculture secret

President Wendy Wintersteen welcomes to campus Mexico's Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development Víctor Manuel Villalobos (left) and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on Oct. 20.


tour of the seed laboratory

Charles Block (right), research scientist and seed health testing coordinator at ISU's Seed Science Center, provides a tour of the germination lab at the center.