Mike McGirr, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Mike McGirr is a National Program Leader in the Center for International Programs at USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).  He is responsible for developing and managing foreign and domestic projects in collaboration with U.S. universities.  From 1990 to 1996, Mr. McGirr managed the agency’s Polish/American Extension Project that involved collaboration with 31 land-grant institutions.  He went on to develop agency initiatives in the former Soviet Republics, Central America, Africa and, most recently, managed the Iraq Agricultural Extension Revitalization project.  Currently, he oversees the Afghanistan Agricultural Extension Project.  

In 2003, he launched the National Initiative to Internationalize Extension – an effort aimed at strengthening the global dimension of local extension programs here in the U.S.  Mr. McGirr began his career in international development as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone.  He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a Master’s in International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University’s School for Advanced International Studies.