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Israel Rural Development Expert to Visit Ohio State University

January 2, 2008

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- An Israeli rural development expert will share his views on rural development issues and agricultural training during a visit to Ohio State University Jan. 7-11.

Moshe Goren, director general of Israel's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Extension Service, will tour Ohio and present seminars on Ohio State University's main campus in Columbus, Ohio, as well as the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster, Ohio, and OSU's South Centers at Piketon in Piketon, Ohio.

The visit is sponsored by the Cleveland-based Ohio-Israel Agricultural Initiative of The Negev Foundation. The initiative seeks to foster greater collaboration between Ohio and Israeli government and research institutions, farmers, and companies; develop joint research and development and educational activities; identify agribusiness ventures based on new technologies; introduce potential investors; and expand commercial ties and market access in both regions.

Goren's visit to Ohio is part of a one-year program with OSU Extension and The Negev Foundation, designed to exchange information and training among Israeli experts and university faculty, staff and students.

Goren will tour OARDC on Jan. 7 and will present a seminar titled, "Rural Development in Israel." The seminar will take place at 1:30 p.m. in Research Services Room 130, 1680 Madison Avenue, Wooster.

Goren will also present a seminar on rural development on Jan. 10 at 2 p.m. on the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences campus in Columbus. The seminar will be held in Agricultural Administration Room 105, 2120 Fyffe Road. OSU Extension, the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics and Human and Community Resource Development are sponsoring the lecture.

Goren will wrap up his visit to Ohio State University with a seminar on rural development at OSU South Centers at Piketon in Piketon on Jan. 11. The seminar will be held at 11 a.m. A tour of the facility will follow.

For more information on Goren's visit or on the Ohio-Israel Agricultural Initiative, contact Sarah Horowitz of The Negev Foundation at (216) 691-9997 or

Candace Pollock
Sarah Horowitz