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Guatemala Agriculture Topic of UW Program in Centennial

August 13, 2015
two men holding a fertilizer bag with a farm field in the background
UW Agricultural and Applied Science master’s degree student Dale Novotny, right, works with a farmer to study phosphorus fertilizer use in Guatemala. (UW Photo)

“Modeling Sustainable Agriculture Practices in Guatemala” will be the topic of a University of Wyoming presentation Wednesday, Aug. 19, at 5:30 p.m. at the Albany County Public Library Centennial branch.

The “What in the World?” program is free and open to the public. The presentation highlights innovative international research projects.

Roger Coupal, professor in the UW Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, will be the speaker. He will discuss research conducted with Ginger Paige, associate professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management. Working with partners at the Universidad de Valle, they examined ways to reduce the problems associated with agricultural and municipal runoff of fertilizers, especially phosphorus, around Guatemala’s Lake Atitlan, a major source of water and a popular tourist attraction.

“Results will have important economic as well as environmental implications for the region, and provide data for a grant opportunity focusing on watershed management, agricultural best practices and community development across the developing world,” Coupal says.

The talks are sponsored by the UW Global and Area Studies Program, the Global Studies Excellence Initiative and the Ruth R. Ellbogen Foundation. For more information, call (307) 766-6119.

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