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(ENVS Lunch & Learn) U.S. Customs and Border Protection: protecting American agriculture

It’s never a dull day in the life of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Agriculture Specialist. Combining expertise in the natural sciences with the discipline of working in a fast-paced law enforcement environment, Agriculture Specialists are trained to serve as experts in the area of agricultural inspection, border intelligence, analysis, examination and enforcement activities.

PA/BCL Smith joined CBP in 2005 as a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agriculture Specialist and was promoted to Supervisory CBPAS in 2008. He has served CBP in the following ports of entry: San Diego, San Ysidro, Otay Mesa, and Boston Logan Airport. In 2011 and 2012, Mr. Smith was designated as the Public Affairs Liaison and Border Community Liaison, respectively, for CBP in New England, covering ME, VT, NH, MA, CT and RI. PA/BCL Smith has also participated in past domestic and international disaster recovery operations, including: Hurricane Ike (2008) and ‘Operation Safe Return’ (Haitian Relief Effort- 2010).

 

Every week during the academic year, the ENVS Lunch & Learn lecture series features speakers from government, industry, academia and non-profit organizations to give presentations on environmental topics. This is a great opportunity to broaden your knowledge beyond the curriculum, meet other faculty and students and network with the speakers.

Students, faculty, staff, and visitors are welcome to attend.

Food is generously sponsored by the Tufts Institute of the Environment.

You can’t make it to the talk? No problem!

(ENVS Lunch & Learn) Flooding risk and the modernization of agriculture

Approximately 30% of the cultivated rice area in India is prone to crop damage from prolonged flooding. Dr. Emerick will discuss a two-year study in rural Odisha India investigating the effects of introducing a new flood-tolerant rice variety on farm investment. He will discuss the effects on both farm productivity and farmer decision-making.

Kyle Emerick received his PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from UC Berkeley in 2014. His research is in development economics — with a particular focus on the economics of agricultural development. His work has included studies on the effects of risk-reducing technologies on the decisions of poor farmers in rural India, the efficiency of informal seed exchanges between Indian farmers, and the effects of more secure property rights on labor reallocation in Mexico. His studies rely on both field experiments and observational data.

 

Every week during the academic year, the ENVS Lunch & Learn lecture series features speakers from government, industry, academia and non-profit organizations to give presentations on environmental topics. This is a great opportunity to broaden your knowledge beyond the curriculum, meet other faculty and students and network with the speakers.

Students, faculty, staff, and visitors are welcome to attend.

Food is generously sponsored by the Tufts Institute of the Environment.

You can’t make it to the talk? No problem!

Food Systems Policy Internship (Portland, ME)

FOOD SYSTEMS POLICY INTERNSHIP – CITY OF PORTLAND

Portland, ME

As part of these efforts, the City of Portland’s Planning and Urban Development Department seeks a Policy Intern to work with the Mayor’s Initiative for Healthy Sustainable Food Systems on food-system policy for the City. Duties include identifying and cataloguing the City of Portland’s ordinances and policies that influence or affect agriculture, food, and food systems.  $15-20 based on experience. For more information, please contact Jeff Levine at jlevine[at]portlandmaine.gov.

Deadline to apply is Thursday, January 1, 2015

Sustainability-Focused Entrepreneurial Internships (Panama)

2015 Spring, Summer, and Fall sessions Now Open for Application with Kalu Yala

Days are spent 4-and-4: 4 hours of a traditional director-led internship, followed by 4 hours of your own entrepreneurial project — you dream it, we’ll help you do it.

7 Different Internship Programs to Choose From

Apply Online

 

Real Food Challenge GIM 2/27

REAL FOOD CHALLENGE GIM

Are you interested in sustainability,

social justice, or just eating good food?

Do you care about how or where your food was grown,

who grew it, or what it tastes like?

Does “real food” mean anything to you?

 

Whether “real food” already means a lot to you, or you just want to learn more about what it is and how we can bring more of it to Tufts, come to our GIM!

 

When: Wednesday, February 26th, 7pm

Where: Eaton 202

Who: A group of enthusiastic, committed food-lovers who want to work to be in control of what we eat in the dining halls while also acting as catalysts to transform the way our food system works on a larger scale.

What: A GIM to learn more about the Real Food Challenge, its platform, and how we as students can work with this organization to initiate change within the food system on campus.

 

Additional Info: http://db.realfoodchallenge.org/schools/150

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