Registration Open for GoGrow Seminar in Wake Forest

Friday, October 5, 2012
Education

Bayer Crop Science is teaming up with Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary SEBTS) to offer GoGrow, an agricultural seminar designed for anyone heading out to work in developing countries. Basic agricultural training is valuable all over the world. The goal of this introductory seminar is not to make participants experts on agriculture, but to expose them to a myriad of situations they'll encounter in the developing world as well as provide them with resources/links they’ll need to begin answering questions. The course will be held during the weekend of November 2-3, 2012, in Wake Forest, N.C.

Scott Hildreth of SEBTS explains how the program got started and why you should register to attend this year’s seminar:

Each year, Southeastern Baptist Seminary in Wake Forest, sends a large number of students around the world to complete their masters degrees. Most end up in many places where physical needs are overwhelming. The on campus portion of their curriculum covers topics such as Christian theology, anthropology, history and other classical disciplines, and while these subjects are important for much of the work they will be doing, the students are often quite unprepared to offer assistance for some of the pressing physical needs.

Enter Bayer CropScience! Several years ago, Herb Young approached Southeastern Seminary with an offer that was frankly too good to refuse. After talking with several Southeastern students who were about to leave the U.S., Herb realized that he, along with several colleagues at Bayer CropScience, possessed the knowledge and skills to meet a very real need. Out of this discussion was born an Agriculture training seminar. The group of about 30 students met for six weeks and received basic knowledge of agriculture consultation. These men provided some key knowledge that would make it possible for the students to meet some very real human needs as they fulfilled their degree requirements. One participant said, "By taking the class, I gained more information on agriculture, but more than that, I was encouraged by what a difference we could make with a little training and a devotion to put it to use."

News of this training spread across the U.S. and we were contacted about the possibility of putting together another training session. Because of this interest, we have decided to put together the GoGrow conference, November 2-3 at Southeastern Seminary. The conference will introduce agriculture technology, with special emphasis on the complexities faced in developing countries. Presenters from Bayer CropScience will cover topics about soil fertility, plant disease control, insect management and irrigation issues. The goal will be to provide international development workers with resources to feed the hungry and encourage sustainable farming. For the first time ever, Southeastern has provided a way for students to receive academic credit (masters or bachelors level) for participation in this weekend event. We all admit that it takes more than a weekend conference to create an expert, however experts from Bayer will help the participants better understand the pressing questions and where to find answers.

We at Southeastern are extremely grateful to Bayer for helping forge this unique partnership. Bayer’s vision for alleviating hunger in the developing world and willingness to share valuable experiences and knowledge will most certainly pay great dividends as men and women travel the globe.

- Scott Hildreth is the Director of the Lewis A. Drummond Center for Great Commission Studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Bayer Crop Science is teaming up with Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary SEBTS) to offer GoGrow, an agricultural seminar designed for anyone heading out to work in developing countries. Basic agricultural training is valuable all over the world. The goal of this introductory seminar is not to make participants experts on agriculture, but to expose them to a myriad of situations they'll encounter in the developing world as well as provide them with resources/links they’ll need to begin answering questions. The course will be held during the weekend of November 2-3, 2012, in Wake Forest, N.C.

Scott Hildreth of SEBTS explains how the program got started and why you should register to attend this year’s seminar:

Each year, Southeastern Baptist Seminary in Wake Forest, sends a large number of students around the world to complete their masters degrees. Most end up in many places where physical needs are overwhelming. The on campus portion of their curriculum covers topics such as Christian theology, anthropology, history and other classical disciplines, and while these subjects are important for much of the work they will be doing, the students are often quite unprepared to offer assistance for some of the pressing physical needs.

Enter Bayer CropScience! Several years ago, Herb Young approached Southeastern Seminary with an offer that was frankly too good to refuse. After talking with several Southeastern students who were about to leave the U.S., Herb realized that he, along with several colleagues at Bayer CropScience, possessed the knowledge and skills to meet a very real need. Out of this discussion was born an Agriculture training seminar. The group of about 30 students met for six weeks and received basic knowledge of agriculture consultation. These men provided some key knowledge that would make it possible for the students to meet some very real human needs as they fulfilled their degree requirements. One participant said, "By taking the class, I gained more information on agriculture, but more than that, I was encouraged by what a difference we could make with a little training and a devotion to put it to use."

News of this training spread across the U.S. and we were contacted about the possibility of putting together another training session. Because of this interest, we have decided to put together the GoGrow conference, November 2-3 at Southeastern Seminary. The conference will introduce agriculture technology, with special emphasis on the complexities faced in developing countries. Presenters from Bayer CropScience will cover topics about soil fertility, plant disease control, insect management and irrigation issues. The goal will be to provide international development workers with resources to feed the hungry and encourage sustainable farming. For the first time ever, Southeastern has provided a way for students to receive academic credit (masters or bachelors level) for participation in this weekend event. We all admit that it takes more than a weekend conference to create an expert, however experts from Bayer will help the participants better understand the pressing questions and where to find answers.

We at Southeastern are extremely grateful to Bayer for helping forge this unique partnership. Bayer’s vision for alleviating hunger in the developing world and willingness to share valuable experiences and knowledge will most certainly pay great dividends as men and women travel the globe.

- Scott Hildreth is the Director of the Lewis A. Drummond Center for Great Commission Studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Register today for this year’s seminar in


Wake Forest, NC on November 2-3:


http://sebts.edu/news-resources/conferences/Go%20Grow%20Conference.aspx

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