Setting the Table for a Hotter, Flatter, More Crowded Earth

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: Sep 19th

Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, the Director of the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), will present “Setting the Table for a Hotter, Flatter, More Crowded Earth” during a faculty seminar and forum on Friday Sept. 19 in the Fishback Studio of the Performing Arts Center on the campus of South Dakota State University.

This seminar is a global view of food and agriculture, the transformative technologies needed to meet future challenges, and how USDA/NIFA's programs and future priorities will participate in development/adoption of those technologies. The seminar begins at 9 a.m. and wraps up with a forum that ends at 10:30 a.m.

More about Dr. Ramaswamy


Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy was appointed to serve as director of the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) on in 2012. As part of USDA's Research, Education, and Extension mission, he oversees NIFA awards funds for a wide range of extramural research, education, and extension projects that address the needs of farmers, ranchers, and agricultural producers.

Prior to joining NIFA, Dr. Ramaswamy served as dean of Oregon State University's College of Agricultural Sciences and director of the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station. He provided overall leadership for the college's academic programs at the Corvallis campus and OSU programs at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, for-credit extended education, informal education through the Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Extension Program, and research at OSU's main campus and 11 branch experiment stations throughout the state.

Previously, Dr. Ramaswamy was associate dean of the Purdue University College of Agriculture and directed the university's agricultural research programs from 2006 to 2009. Prior to joining the Purdue faculty, Dr. Ramaswamy was head of Kansas State University's Department of Entomology from 1997 to 2006, where he held the title of Distinguished Professor and was named the Presidential Outstanding Department Head in 2002. He also served on the faculty of Mississippi State University and as a research associate at Michigan State University. As an insect physiologist, he worked on the integrative reproductive biology of insects.

He received a Bachelor of Science in agriculture and a Master of Science in entomology from the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India, and his doctorate in entomology from Rutgers University. He is also a graduate of the University of Nebraska's New Academic Chair's Program and Harvard University's Management Development Program.