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Hello Mr. Bridges,

I received your name from the GA 4-H office and would appreciate it very much if you can forward the following message about 2012 AgDiscovery to GA agriculture education teachers.  The AgDiscovery summer program is a great opportunity for students!  The GA 4-H office has forwarded it to all county extension agents.  Thank you in advance!

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AgDISCOVERY 2012
The AgDiscovery Program application process has begun. Students can apply on-line or by mail.
The deadline for applications is March 16, 2012.

For complete information and to apply for the AgDiscovery Program, please visit http://www.aphis.usda.gov/agdiscovery/

AgDiscovery is an outreach program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and partnering universities to help students learn about careers in animal science, veterinary medicine, plant pathology and agribusiness. This 2 - 4 week summer program (June, July) allows participants ages 12-17 to live on a college campus and learn about Agricultural science from university professors, practicing veterinarians and professionals working for the U.S. Government. Students chosen to participate in Ag-Discovery will gain experience through hands-on labs, workshops, field trips and other group and team building activities.

Students are exposed to a variety of topics, including:
*        Life cycles and habits of insects
*        Research on micro-organisms;
*        Examining cells and tissues under a microscope to identify diseases;
*        Working to conserve and manage wild animals and their habitats;
*        Carrying out animal health programs with veterinarians;
*        Providing education on the humane care and treatment of animals; and
*        Managing the business aspects of protecting plants and animals.

2012 partnering universities include:
*        Alcorn State University Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
*        Delaware State University
*        Fort Valley State University South Carolina State University
*        Iowa State University
*        Kentucky State University
*        Lincoln University
*        North Carolina State University
*        Tuskegee University
*        University of Arizona
*        University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
*        University of Hawaii at Manda
*        University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
*        University of Maryland at College Park
*        University of Maryland Eastern Shore
*        Virginia State University

For more information contact:

Terry A. Henson, Program Manager
[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> or (301) 734-5555

Beatrice F. Jacobs, Program Manager
[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> or (301) 734-5595

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Lee M. Myers, DVM, MPH, Dipl. ACVPM, MEP
State Federal Liaison
National Veterinary Stockpile
National Center for Animal Health Emergency Management
USDA, APHIS, Veterinary Services
2637 Nunnally Shoals Road
Good Hope, GA   30641
Cell:  301-910-7336
Website:  http://nvs.aphis.usda.gov
Email:  [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>




John (Chip) Bridges
Program Manager, Agricultural Education
Georgia Department of Education
1752 Twin Towers East
Atlanta, GA 30334
Phone: 404.657.8311
Fax: 770.344.4411
email: [log in to unmask]