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Max Rothschild
Iowa State University









Dr. Rothschild received his B.S. in animal science from the University of California, Davis in 1974, a M.S. from the University of Wisconsin in 1975 and a Ph.D. in animal breeding from Cornell University in 1978. From 1978 to 1980 he was assistant professor at the University of Maryland. In 1980 he joined the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University where he was eventually promoted to the highest rank of C.F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Agriculture and Life Sciences in 1999. More recently he was named Director of the Center for Integrated Animal Genomics and the ME Ensminger Chair in International Animal Agriculture.

USAID Profile

Office of Agricultural Research and Policy
Bureau of Food Security 

Max Rothschild was assigned to the Bureau for Food Security, Office of Agriculture Research and Policy. His work was devoted to review and engagement of research issues that include capacity building, university engagement, crop and animal genomics, research policy and development, and monitoring of research by other research units supported by USAID. He was active in the review of USAID’s Cooperative Research Support Programs (CRSP), especially the Peanut CRSP and helping to support the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development review of the CRSPs. His other activities included increasing the use of livestock to obtain food security and help small holders, especially women. In this regard, he assisted in the Norman Borlaug Commemorative Research Initiative goat genome project and the Sustainable Intensification activities in Africa directed towards improving crop and livestock systems. In addition, Rothschild worked on ways to increase University engagement with USAID and other research and development partners including increasing private sector engagement as part of Feed the Future Activities. 


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