Sustainable Food Systems at UF

Posted by Trish Riley, September 23, 2010

“Food Matters”
6:15, NPB 1001, University of Florida
September 23, 2010

Dr. Ricardo Salvador, Program Director, Food Systems and Rural Development, will give the first talk in the Sustainable Food Systems speaker series. Curt Ellis, director of “King Corn” and “The Greening of Southie” will offer the second talk on October 14, 2010, 6:15 pm, NPB 1001. Questions about the speaker series, contact Whitney Sanford, wsanford@ufl.edu or Rose Koenig, rlkoenig@ufl.edu.

Ricardo J. Salvador
Program Director, Food Systems and Rural Development

Dr. Ricardo Salvador is a program director for Food Systems and Rural Development (FSRD) at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan. He was appointed program director on January 1, 2007, after working with the Foundation one year as a visiting professional (program director) from Iowa State University. Dr. Salvador’s responsibilities include providing leadership to FSRD’s Food and Society initiative and other FSRD programming in the areas of sustainable agriculture, community food systems, Native American food systems, immigrant communities in agriculture, and in strengthening the role of institutions of higher education in these fields.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Dr. Salvador was an associate professor of Agronomy at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. There he researched the ecological footprint of row-crop agriculture, alternative agricultural systems for the Midwest and traditional agricultural systems in the developing world. While at Iowa State University, he served as the first Chair of the Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture, coordinated the Agronomy Department’s Global Agricultural Science and Policy Initiative, and was Faculty Director of the University Honors Program. Earlier Dr. Salvador was a county extension agent in Hidalgo County, Texas, for the Texas A&M Cooperative Extension Service.

Dr. Salvador has been a Kellogg Foundation consultant for various initiatives, including Food and Society, Integrated Food and Farming Systems, and Higher Education Professionals in Education. He was also selected as a Food and Society Policy Fellow (Class II), from 2002 to 2004. Dr. Salvador earned his bachelor’s degree in general agriculture from New Mexico State University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Crop Production and Physiology from Iowa State University.