Agri-Connection (AC)

NAPA Quarterly Newsletter


Sushil Thapa, PhD 
Email: ag.sushilthapa at gmail dot com
Dr. Thapa is an Assistant Research Scientist at Texas A&M AgriLife Research and an Adjunct Professor at West Texas A&M University. He earned his Ph.D. (Systems Agriculture/Agronomy) from West Texas A&M University, Texas in 2016 and M.S. (Agro Ecology) from Wageningen University, the Netherlands in 2009. His research and teaching interests are focused on cropping systems, whole plant physiology, soil-plant-water-environment interactions, and biotic and abiotic stress management in field and forage crops. His productivity has resulted in more than 70 publications in the forms of journal articles, book chapters, abstracts, and articles in newspapers, fact sheets, and online platforms, including 16 peer-reviewed journal articles as the first author. Over the years, Dr. Thapa received 14 academic awards/scholarships, including two prestigious awards in the Texas A&M University System - the Award of Excellence from the Texas A&M AgriLife Agency and the Special Achievement Award for Research Collaboration from the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at Texas A&M University. He also mentored several graduate and undergraduate students. Currently, he is serving as the editor of the Nepalese Journal of Agricultural Sciences published by HICAST/Purbanchal University in Nepal and Agri-Connection Newsletter published by NAPA. He has reviewed articles for more than 20 scientific journals, including Agronomy Journal, Crop Science, Field Crops Research, Agricultural Water Management, Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, European Journal of Agronomy, and Sustainability. Dr. Thapa is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, American Society of Agronomy, Soil Science Society of America, and Crop Science Society of America.

Prakriti Bista, PhD
Prakriti Bista, born and raised in Chitwan, Nepal, works as a freelance editor for editing companies. She completed her undergraduate and graduate (M.Sc. in soil science) education from Tribhuvan University, Institute of Agriculture and Animal Sciences, Nepal, and Ph.D. in Agronomy (2014) from the University of Wyoming, USA. Dr. Bista worked as a postdoctoral scholar (2015-2016) and later as an affiliate scientist (2017) at Oregon State University. She is an expert in greenhouse gas emissions, biogeochemical modeling, traditional and conservation soil-crop management systems, and sustainable agriculture. She has published 14 peered-reviewed papers, three book chapters, ten extension articles, three YouTube videos, and presented in many local, regional, and international conferences. She has reviewed papers for several journals and served to the professional community as Rapporteur at the International Arid Cereal Conference (November 2015), secretary of Friends of Nepal at the University of Wyoming (April 2011-March 2012), and secretary of Youth Red Cross Circle Nepal (January 2007- February 2008). She enjoys her family time with a wonderful husband and two lovely sons.

Sita Thapa, PhD
Email: thapasit at msu dot edu
Originally from Panauti, Kavrepalanchok district, Nepal, Dr. Sita Thapa did her undergraduate from Himalayan College of Agricultural Science and Technology (HICAST) in Nepal. She completed both master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the Crop Science Department at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA. After finishing her doctoral degree in December 2018, she moved to Michigan. She is am a Research Associate in the Applied Nematology lab at Michigan State University. Her research interest is on cover cropping, to better understand the mechanism of selected cover crops on different economically important nematodes (soybean cyst nematode, lesion nematode, root-knot nematode, etc.), and find out the sustainable method for nematode management.

Sanjok Paudel
Sanjok is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia. He completed his Masters’ in Animal and Poultry Science at Tuskegee University, Alabama in 2018 and completed his Bachelors’ degree in Agriculture Science from the Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science (IAAS), Tribhuvan University, Nepal in 2014. He has authored/co-authored 9 peer-reviewed journal articles and has presented his research work in several local/national/international conferences. He has received the Departmental Outstanding Thesis Award 2018-2019 Academic Year (Master’s Level), the Gamma Sigma Delta Outstanding Academic Achievement Award (2018), and the Departmental Outstanding Graduate Student Award 2017-2018 Academic Year (Master’s Level). His current research works include but not limited to understanding animal behavior and productivity under different grazing systems such as silvopasture and tall fescue-based pasture using novel techniques.