KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Peter
Krawczel, an assistant professor with the University of Tennessee Institute of
Agriculture, has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar for 2014-15. Krawczel is
a faculty member focused on dairy research and extension in the UTIA Department
of Animal Science, a unit of the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and
honor will fund Krawczel for five months of research and teaching focused on
dairy welfare assessment and applied dairy research in Croatia.
Program is an elite international exchange initiative that awards about 1,100
grants to American scholars each year.
Funded by the U.S.
government, Fulbright Scholars are chosen based on their leadership and
academic merits and their abilities to teach, conduct research and contribute
to solutions for shared international concerns.
Krawczel’s tie to Croatia
springs from a 2012 memorandum of understanding signed between the UTIA and UT
Extension, the Croatian agro-business Agrokor, which is a vertically integrated
food industry giant in the region, and the University of J.J. Strossmayer
University in Osijek, Croatia. The partnership promotes innovative solutions in
agricultural production between Tennessee and the Republic of Croatia.
wide-ranging agreement, Krawczel and other Institute faculty visited Agrokor
dairy farms and associated heifer and calf facilities to evaluate their
production practices and make practical recommendations. The Fulbright returns
Krawczel to Croatia to study, implement and evaluate changes in cattle
management at dairy farms within the Agrokor system.
He will share
findings of his research with the University of J.J. Strossmayer University and
an international society focused on dairy science. The results will also form
the basis of publication in peer-reviewed journals, and Krawczel will
disseminate them through a newsletter he writes for Tennessee dairy producers.
Krawczel is the
fourth faculty member with UTIA to serve as a Fulbright Scholar since 2010.
Other Institute ties to the esteemed program include a faculty member who
served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist and an alumna selected as a Fulbright
Scholar while in graduate school.
The UT Institute of
Agriculture provides instruction, research and public service through the UT
College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of
Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch, including its system of 10 research and
education centers, and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.
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