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The Russian Agricultural Listserv is sponsored by the
University of Maryland College of Agriculture at College Park,
the Research and Scientific Exchanges Division, Foreign
Agriculture Service/International Cooperation and Development,
U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the National Committee on
International Science and Education of the Joint Council on Food
and Agricultural Sciences.

The following is a publication from the American Association for the
Advancement of Science which is available through the Friends and Partners
World Wide Web server, for those of you with WWW capability or via telnet.


* Scientist to Scientist is an excellent on-line publication produced by the
  American Association for the Advancement of Science which serves as a
  clearinghouse of information on funding opportunities for scientists in
  the region of the former Soviet Union; conferences and meetings in that
  region; and general networking information for all disciplines.


See the "Funding" and "Science" pages on the F&P server.
To visit the FRIENDS WWW server, use the following URL if you have
a World Wide Web browser:
http://solar.rtd.utk.edu/friends/home.html

http://alice.ibpm.serpukhov.su/friends/

If you don't have a WWW browser, just telnet to solar.rtd.utk.edu
and enter 'friends' (in lower case and without the quotes) at the
login prompt.

For those who need it, the IP address for the F&P computer is 128.169.122.24.
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An update on the AG LINK Program:

                                 AG LINK


THE AGRIBUSINESS LINKAGE PROGRAM

                   WITH THE NIS, POLAND AND THE BALTICS


AgLink is a U.S. Department of Agriculture program with the goal of promoting
U.S. trade activities with those countries whose markets have only recently
become accessible to U.S. businesses.  The program provides access to the
agribusinesses of the Newly Independent States (NIS), Poland and the Baltics,
while also enhancing the entrepreneurial skills of the overseas agribusiness
managers.  AgLink establishes the initial link between small and medium-sized
U.S. businesses and comparable overseas businesses by identifying appropriate
matching firms.  The program also provides financial and administrative
support for U.S. visits to the overseas company, and for training of the
overseas manager in the U.S. company.


HOW DOES IT WORK?

USDA selects and screens applicants from the overseas agribusinesses, focusing
on small and medium-sized privatized companies with "entrepreneurial" managers
or owners.  U.S. companies submit an application to USDA describing their
international interests and proposing an on-the-job training experience for
the overseas manager.  At that point, the U.S. business person visits the
manager of the counterpart company to become familiar with the overseas
business and the environment.

The U.S. agribusiness then provides two months of practical training
experiences focused on equipping the overseas manager with the skills needed
to manage a business successfully in a market economy and engage in joint
international activities.

Two follow-up activities are also provided by AgLink:  a second visit to the
overseas firm for the U.S. agribusiness six months later, and an in-country
management training course a year later.


HOW IS IT FINANCED?

The AgLink program provides funding for the two trips to the overseas company
by the U.S. agribusiness, tickets and a supplemental per diem for the overseas
manager for his/her stay at the U.S. company.  USDA will also make all travel
arrangements, and handle visas and health insurance for the overseas manager.
The U.S. agribusiness is responsible for providing housing for the visiting
manager during the on-the-job training.


HOW DO I APPLY?

To request an application form, you may phone or fax USDA as indicated below:

Coordinator
Agribusiness Linkage Program (Ag Link)
RSED/ICD/FAS, Rm. 3222
United States Department of Agriculture
Washington, DC  20250-4300

Tel. (202) 720-8877
Fax (202) 690-0892
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The following information comes from a listserv affiliated with the United
Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) and dedicated to environmental issues in
Central and Eastern Europe, infoterra@cedar.univie.ac.at:
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