Agricultural Production, Business and Trade in Argentina

Type of Travel: 
Agronomy, Economics
Departure Date: 
Thursday, March 8, 2018 to Monday, March 19, 2018
Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, November 1, 2017


Enhance your understanding of production and competition in agricultural world markets!

Students will analyze production agriculture (a typical farm or ranch), business, and trade in Argentina and compare them with respect to the U.S. Pre-departure orientation will familiarize students with the history, culture, politics, geography, soils, agriculture, economy, and trade of Argentina.

Informational Meetings

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
4:15 - 5:00 p.m.
162 Heady Hall

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
162 Heady Hall

See program brochure here

Course Information
Agronomy, Economics  Agron 496, Econ 496 ; 3 credits total (2 credits Agron and 1 credit Econ, or 2 credits Econ and 1 credit Agron)

Selection Criteria
Prerequisite:  Students must have at least 3 credits in Agronomy or Economics.
If there are more than 25 applicants, preference will be given to majors in Agronomy, Ag Business, Economics, and Business Economics

Program Fee
$3,815.00 (includes round trip airfare, lodging, round trip airport transportation in the U.S., on-site local ground transportation, CISI required insurance, and service provider fee)

Other Fees*
$105 study abroad administrative fee charged by Study Abroad Center in 3224 MU

*Administrative fee will be applied directly to your Ubill in Spring, 2018

Out or Pocket Expenses
$135 passport*
$150 meals on your own
$150 Incidentals (based on personal spending habits
Immunizations/vaccinations (varies by insurance provider)

*If you are a first time traveler in CALS and need a passport, click here to find out how you can get the cost of your passport reimbursed

If you are an undergraduate student in College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, you can apply for a CALS study abroad scholarship. Spring scholarship deadline is November 1.  Information about the scholarship can be found in learning content of the application.

Tentative Travel Itinerary
Thursday, March 8
Afternoon departure from Des Moines International Airport

Friday, March 9
Morning:  Arrive Ezeiza International Airport
Afternoon:  City tour of Buenos Aires

Saturday, March 10
Morning:  Country side: visit to historical countryside town
Afternoon:  Visit traditional Argentinean ranch, including traditional barbecue, show of gaucho customs, and traditional activities

Sunday, March 11
Morning:  Rosario: city tour
Afternoon:  Rosario: free afternoon

Monday, March 12
Morning:  Visit to port and processing facilities of Cargill in Rosario
Afternoon:  Visit to Rosario Grain Board and futures market

Tuesday, March 13
Morning:  Lujan: visit to Molino Argentino processing plant (wheat mill)
Afternoon:  Gral. Rodríguez: visit to La Serenisima (dairy processing plant)

Wednesday, March 14
Morning:  Buenos Aires: visit to Liniers Cattle Market; Countryside: Visit to a soybean/milk producer, and to a dairy farm
Evening:  Buenos Aires Tango show

Thursday, March 15
Morning:  Buenos Aires: visit to meat packing plant
Afternoon:  Buenos Aires: U.S. embassy
Evening:  Buenos Aires: visit to the Facultad de Ciencias Agrarias of the Universidad Católica Argentina

Friday, March 16
Morning:  Departure Aeroparque Airport in Buenos Aires to Iguazú Falls
Afternoon:   Arrival at Iguazú Falls

Saturday, March 17
Iguazú Falls: guided tour

Sunday, March 18
Morning:  Departure Iguazú Falls to Aeroparque Airport in Buenos Aires
Afternoon:  Departure Ezeiza International Airport

Monday, March 19
Morning:  Arrival  Des Moines International Airport

Important Note Regarding Missing Classes.   Please note that participation on some travel courses require you to be away from campus for some school days. The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences tries to minimize the number of days missed for this purpose, but in some events, the inflexibility of the travel schedule prevents us from working completely within our breaks. Should you choose to enroll in a travel course that requires missing some class(es) on campus, you will need to contact your instructor directly to inquire whether or not arrangements can be made to make up this class work and/or exams. The CALS Study Abroad office can provide you with a letter explaining the dates of the trip. However, it is your responsibility to contact the instructor to determine the potential impact on your grade before signing up for a Study Abroad program. The instructor is responsible for determining the impact of any absence from class.