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Israeli Visits Promote Collaboration Between Ohio State University and Middle East Nation

November 13, 2007

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Two Israeli agricultural experts will be visiting Ohio State University this week as part of the Ohio-Israel Agricultural Initiative, which supports research collaboration and information exchange between The Negev Foundation and Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.

David Dror, a dairy specialist who has 30 years of experience in genetics and breeding, will present a seminar on Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. in the Fundeburg Room in Sisson Hall, College of Veterinary Medicine, 1920 Coffey Road, Columbus. The seminar, titled "Genetic breeding in large cooperative dairy farms in Israel to enhance milk production and profitability," will address cross breeding to achieve high milk yields.

Dror will give the same seminar at OARDC on Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. in the Gerlaugh Hall conference room, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster. The seminar will be video linked to the Department of Animal Sciences in Columbus. Contact Jim Kinder at for more information.

In addition to giving a lecture, Dror will tour the OARDC campus, as well as visit dairy farms throughout Ohio. Dror's dairy expertise includes building herds based on need and budget; advising in purchasing heifers and cows; building a long-term breeding plan; selecting proper bulls for insemination; Internet-based consulting; and specializing in cross breeding dairy cattle.

Shimon Tal, a water management expert who has over 30 years of experience in water resources management, water supply and sanitation, will present a seminar on Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. in 105 Agricultural Administration Building, 2120 Fyffe Road, Columbus. The seminar, titled "Sustaining Advanced Societies in Water Stressed Environments," will address sustainable approaches to efficient water management and conservation.

Tal is the founder and CEO of Tal Content – Consulting & Enterprise Ltd., and previously served as the water commissioner of Israel and co-chairman of the Joint Israel-Jordan and Israeli-Palestinian water committees.

The visit by both experts is sponsored by The Negev Foundation, and is part of a one-year program with OSU Extension and OARDC.

The Ohio-Israel Agricultural Initiative of The Negev Foundation is dedicated to improving agricultural trade and research and development ties between Ohio and Israel by working with government, academic, and business entities and growers in both regions. The objective of this initiative is 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.

For more information about The Negev Foundation, log on to For more information on Dror's or Tal's visit, contact Sarah Horowitz at (216) 691-9997 or

Candace Pollock
Sarah Horowitz