Greetings from our New Extension Dairy Nutritionist

Dr. Duarte Diaz USU Extension Dairy Specialist

Hi, my name is Dr. Duarte Diaz and I will be serving as the Extension Dairy Nutrition Specialist at USU. I am originally from Puerto Rico, a little island (100 miles long x 35 miles wide) in the Caribbean. I have lived, studied and worked in the Southeastern United States, Peru, Northern Italy and in Puerto Rico, and I hope to bring a little of my International experience to my work here at USU. I received my M.S. and Ph.D. in animal nutrition from North Carolina State University (NCSU). Upon completion of my Ph.D., I did a 2-year postdoctoral stay at the Universities of Bologna and Piacenza in the Po River Valley of Northern Italy, the region of the famous Parmesano Reggiano and Grano Padano cheeses. Recently, I spent a year and a half at the University of Puerto Rico as a researcher and worked as a dairy nutritional consultant.

My research focuses on mycotoxin contamination of feedstuffs and its effects on dairy production, as well as methods to reduce its toxicity to animals. I am also interested in silage preparation and management techniques. I have been involved in Extension since my academic stay at NCSU, where I served under Dr. Lon Whitlow, current Director of Extension at NCSU. While in North Carolina I also participated in many state and regional Extension activities. I have also worked as a private dairy consultant in Italy, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Spain, Portugal, and Japan.

I am fully fluent in Spanish, and look forward to organizing and participating in multi-cultural dairy training and related activities. Apart from a quick adaptation of the weather, I look forward to the challenge of serving Utah�s Dairy producers, and I am excited about becoming a part of the Extension faculty at USU. I am joined here in Utah by my wife of 3 years and my 2 year old daughter.

Dr. Diaz may be contacted at (435) 797-2163. ©