Short-term training in such areas as pest risk assessment, meat and poultry inspection, food safety control methods and regulatory systems, organic certification, HACCP, veterinary epidemiology, and dairy herd management.
Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.
This program currently includes short term agricultural and trade-related training programs for senior and mid-level specialists and administrators in such technical areas as food safety, biotechnology, sanitary and phytosanitary issues, agribusiness development and marketing. The program also strengthens local capacities in such commodity areas as dairy, livestock, poultry, horticultural products, grains, feeds and consumer ready products. The Cochran Fellowship Program trained 551 Fellows in 67 countries in FY06 and 706 Fellows in 70 countries in FY07.
Uses and Use Restrictions
No funding is available for unsolicited proposals.
Cochran Program funds are used for projects involved with international training activities, including course development and/or evaluation.