From September 17-26, 2007, Ami Ruzansky, an Israeli agriculture and rural development journalist toured Ohio. He gave a presentation titled "Israel's Agriculture and Rural Development - An Overview of Israel's Agriculture by Sectors and Rural Development Activities" to Ohio academic, extension, and OARDC staff. As part of his visit, Mr. Ruzansky toured agriculture locations and interviewed farmers. His journalism efforts resulted in the publication of articles on the Ohio agriculture sector by three Israeli agricultural magazines. Furthermore, while in Ohio, Mr. Ruzanksy participated in the 2007 Ohio Farm Science Review agriculture tradeshow.
On November 15, 2007, Mr. Shimon Tal, an Israeli expert specializing in water management, visited Ohio. Mr. Shimon Tal has previously given presentations to the U.N., World Bank, various governments, and other organizations on water resource issues and has also served as the Water Commissioner of Israel. While in Ohio, Mr. Tal exchanged ideas about possible trade opportunities, met with business leaders and academic personnel, including OSU’s President Mr. Gordon Gee, and gave a seminar titled “Sustaining Advanced Societies in Water Stressed Environments”. As a result of his delegation, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources expressed interest in continued communication and collaboration with Mr. Shimon Tal and the Columbus Jewish Community Federation expressed an interest in inviting Mr. Tal for a community wide lecture about the water issues in Israel.
On November 15, 2007, Mr. David Dror, an Israeli expert specializing in dairy management, visited Ohio. He presented a seminar titled “Genetic breeding in large cooperative dairy farms in Israel to enhance milk production and profitability” at the OSU School of Veterinary Medicine. During his visit, Mr. Dror toured various sites including OARDC dairy farms, met with Ohio business leaders, and visited the Fair Oaks Dairy Farm in Indiana.
From January 7-11, 2008, Moshe Goren, the Director General of Extension Service, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, visited Ohio to give presentations titled “The Extension Service in Israel” and “Rural Development in Israel” at OSU’s Columbus campus, South Centers in Piketon, OSU’s OARDC, and the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Mr. Goren also toured Ohio agriculture facilities and met with agriculture experts, Department of Agriculture representatives, and academic and extension personnel. His visit resulted in an interest in establishing more professional delegations for extension workers and Ohio and Israeli farmers.
On January 8, 2008, Yakov Poleg, an Israeli Agriculture Attaché for Israel’s Embassy, visited Ohio to give a presentation titled “Agriculture Policy in the Framework of International Trade Guidelines” to academic and extension staff at OSU. The purpose of this trip was to provide education about trade policies affecting Israeli/American trade and to foster the development of such trade. Mr. Poleg also met with various government ODA and ODOD officials including ODA Director Robert Boggs and representatives from the governor’s office. As a result of his meeting with ODA, ODOD and the governor’s staff, Yakov Poleg drafted a Memorandum of Understanding with input from Israel’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
From April 6 - 14 2008, green industry experts from Israel’s Ministry of Agriculture - Extension Services toured green industry facilities in Cleveland, Toledo, and at OSU’s Wooster & Columbus campuses. The Israeli experts, Omar Zeidan, Director of the Israeli Extension Service, Deputy Director R&D and Director of Vegetables Division and Shlomo Israel, Floriculture Specialist for the Israeli Extension Service, gave presentations entitled “Growing Vegetables in Israel” and “Floriculture in Israel”. The delegates were hosted by OSU Extension’s Jim Chatfield, Extension Specialist Horticulture and Assistant State Specialist Landscaping Horticulture. An increased interest in establishing permanent channels to transfer information and professional knowledge about vegetable growing and floriculture between Israel and Ohio resulted from this delegation.
From June 14 - 22, 2008, two members of Israel’s dairy industry came to Ohio to meet with dairy industry members, tour facilities, and present seminars. The delegation members were Gaby Adin, Chief Extension Officer of Calves and Replacement Heifers, Ministry of Agriculture Extension Service, and Dr. Ran Solomon, Head of the Department of Cattle Husbandry, Ministry of Agriculture Extension Service. Their seminars, “Feeding and Managing Replacement Heifers in Israel” by Mr. Adin and “Nutrition and Feeding Management of Dairy Cows in Israel” by Dr. Solomon were given during this visit. As a result of this delegation recommendations were suggested which included: Organizing workshops in Israel on Ohio technology, introducing the Ohio bail wrapping/bagging techniques to Israel to replace bunker silo for silage, and introducing Israeli dairy industry products from companies such as SCR, Afimilk, and RMH Lachish to Israeli companies. back to top