Texas Tech Animal and Food Science Scientists Receive Recognition for Collaborative Teamwork in Mexico

An international research team from Texas Tech University’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and the International Center for Food Industry Excellence will be honored for teamwork and collaboration.   

The research team will be recognized at and participate in the Agriculture, Food, Nutrition and Natural Resources R&D Round Table: Showcasing Exemplary Collaborations March 15 in Washington, D.C.

Mindy Brashears, Mark Miller, Kevin Pond and Alejandro Echeverry, all from the Department of Animal and Food Sciences, along with Todd Brashears from the Department of Agricultural Education and Communications, will receive special recognition for “Exemplary R&D Collaborations: Agriculture, Food, Nutrition, and Natural Resources.”

Texas Tech’s International Center for Food Industry Excellence, in cooperation with the United States Meat Export Federation (USMEF), COMECARNE (the Mexican Meat Council) and universities in Mexico with funding from USMEF and the USDA, developed a collaborative approach that has improved the safety of meat products in Mexico. In Mexico, among pre-school children (1 to 4 years), food-borne disease is the principal cause of mortality, while in children 5 to 14 years of age it is the 10th leading cause of mortality.

“We knew that we had to form a strong team to address problems in Mexico, but the work could have been done anywhere there was a need,” said Brashears. “The award is for the ability to form teams and work together.” 

Texas Tech’s project was one of many examples selected to illustrate that USDA played a significant role in the work done outside of USDA and will provide evidence that USDA R&D plays an important role beyond what is often perceived.

“At the roundtable, we will present our strategies for teambuilding and collaboration in research and education,” Brashears said. “We have the opportunity to share our success story on collaborative teambuilding with the audience and hope to provide insight into the elements needed to build successful collaborations.”

The Farm Foundation, the Riley Memorial Foundation, the Institute of Food Technologists, the Federation of Animal Science Societies and the Agronomy, Crop, and Soil Science Societies are collaborating with the Research, Education, and Economics Mission Area; Forest Service and the National Agricultural, Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board, USDA in organizing and conducting the roundtable.

The objectives of the R&D roundtable are toraise the profile of agriculture, food and natural resources-related R&D throughout the federal government andbeyond; and to highlight the characteristics of highly productive collaborations in order to enhance future collaborations.

The roundtable will be webcast and the video will be available on line for 12 months.  Register for the webcast here. Results of the roundtable will also be posted on the web at www.farmfoundation.org and made available in print form.

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CONTACT: Mindy Brashears, professor, Department of Animal and Food Sciences, at (806) 742-2805, ext. 235 or mindy.brashears@ttu.edu.