Agricultural Production, Business and Trade in Australia

Type of Travel: 
Agronomy, Economics
Departure Date: 
Thursday, March 12, 2020 to Sunday, March 22, 2020
Application Deadline: 
Friday, November 1, 2019

The course objective is to enhance students' understanding of production and competition in agricultural world markets. Students will analyze production agriculture (a typical farm or ranch), business and trade in Australia and compare them with respect to the USA. Pre-departure orientation will familiarize students with the history, culture, politics, geography, soils, agriculture, economy, and trade of Australia.

Informational Meetings

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
4:10-5:00 p.m.
272 Heady Hall

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
5:30-6:30 p.m.
272 Heady Hall

Program Goals

  • Help students become familiar with the history, culture, geography, soils, agriculture, and economy of Australia.
  • Assist students in understanding the nature of competition in the world market for agricultural products.
  • Observe and participate first-hand in activities that focus on production, commercialization, processing and marketing of agricultural products in Australia.     
  • Study the ecological variability of Asutralia, and how it contributes to agriculture and the economy.
  • Learn about trade agreements that Australia is signatory to, and their impact on the country.
  • Understand the relative advantages and disadvantages of agribusinesses in Australia and the U.S.

Learning Outcomes

  • Be equipped with the knowledge and necessary skills to understand, interpret, and analyze issues pertinent to carrying out successful business between the U.S. and Australia.
  • Know about agricultural production methods in Australia, as well as processing, marketing, and risk management of Australia’s major agricultural commodities and their distribution to significant global markets.
  • Have a better understanding of trade agreements that Australia is signatory to, and their impact on the country.
  • Be more aware of any similarities and differences between the U.S and Australia's culture and society, and the role they play in business and trade.

Participant Selection Criteria
Pre-requisite: 3 credits in Agronomy and /or 3 credits in Economy
If there are more than 25 applicants, preference will be given to majors in Agronomy, Agricultural Business, Economics, and Business Economics

Course Information
You will earn a total of 3 credits for the AGRON/ECON 496 (2 credits of AGRON and 1 of ECON or 2 credits of ECON and 1 of AGRON) during Spring Semester

  • ECON 496- This course has a pre-departure course component and a travel component.
  • For Pre-departure part of the course, class will meet during the spring semester at a location and time TBD. This course will
    • Set the tone for the program
    • Discuss academic portion 
    • Lay out expectations and procedures 
    • Answer your questions and concerns
    • Cover topics about itinerary, accommodation, meals, safety, health, logistics, travel documents, finances and more.
  • Travel portion of the course will take place during Spring Break.

Students must take both the on campus course and complete the travel component.

Program Fee
$4,200 (includes roundtrip airfare, lodging, CISI health insurance, in-country arrangements, visa, some meals)

Other Fees
$105 study abroad administrative fee charged by Study Abroad Center in 3224 MU (charged directly to U-bill)

Out of Pocket Expenses
$175 Passport and mailing*
$150 Some meals
$150 Personal expenses (souvenirs, toiletries, cell phone fees, vaccines, preventative medications)

*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

There are study abroad scholarships available through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences study abroad office in 0018 Curtiss Hall. Scholarship application details are served to CALS students in the learning content section of the study abroad program application. Application deadline for Spring term scholarship applications is November 1, 2019

Other Scholarship Resources

Office Of Students Financial Aid

Affording to go

Iowa State University Student Affairs Scholarships

Application Process
To be considered in the selection process, applicants should have completed the program application in its entirety before the application deadline of November 1, 2019.

  • Once the selection process is complete, you will be notified about the decision.
  • If you are accepted to the program you will be required to commit or decline participation.
  • Typically you will be given 7 to 10 days with a specific commitment date to finalize your decision.

Once you commit to the program, you are officially a participant in the program and will be responsible for all the program cost outlined in the budget. If you withdraw your participation after committing to a program, you will be responsible for all non-refundable payments that were made on your behalf and these charges will be charged to your U-bill.

Tentative Program Itinerary

Thursday, March 12, 2020
Departure from Des Moines International Airport

Friday, March 12, 2020
Enroute to Australia

Saturday, March 14, 2020
Arrive at Sydney International Airport
Guided City Tour of Sydney (Sydney Bridge, Opera House, etc.)

Sunday, March 15, 2020
Free/Personal Day in Sydney: Possibly Darling Harbour, Circular Quay, The Rocks, Sydney Olympics site Botanical Gardens, Sydney Tower, Maritime Museum, etc.

Monday, March 16, 2020
Fish market, Sydney
Three Sisters Perk, Katoomba
Mulyan Farms, Cowra
Springwaters Stud, Boorowa

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Guided City Tour of Canberra - Anzac parade, Lake Shore, Parliament House,Grains, Pork and Rural Industry corporations, Animal Health Australia, Canberra,Wiradjurie dance and workshop, Canberra
USA Embassy, Canberra
CSIRO Ginninderra Field station
BBQ @ behind War Memorial base of Mt Ainslie

Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Mixed farm enterprise, Dirnaseer
School of Agriculture, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga
Prof David Falepau- Agribusiness,Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga
Dr Michael Friend - Australian sheep farming systems research, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga
CSU Winery  -   wine industry and wine making, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga
Horse industry tourCharles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga

Thursday, March 19, 2020
Orange grove, Leeton
Vineyard, Leeton
Rice farm, Whitton
Cotton mill, Whitton

Friday, March 20, 2020
Creswick Forestry Centre
Dairy farm, Purnim
12 Apostles, Great Ocean Road
Kangaroobie, Princetown

Saturday, March 21, 2020
Loch Ard Gorge, Great Ocean Road
Grotto, Great Ocean Road
Otway fly, Great Ocean Road
Cape Otway, Great Ocean Road
Cattle @ Kangaroobie, Princetown

Sunday, March 22, 2020
Guided City Tour of Melbourne (Queen Vic Markets, Docklands, Cenotaph, St. Kilda beach)
Free/Personal afternoon in Melbourne

Monday, March 23, 2020
Depart from Melbourne to the U.S
Arrive back in the U.S.

Note:  Due to international quarantine restrictions service animals cannot be accommodated on our study abroad programs. For more information, please contact the Iowa State University Student Accessibility Services Office.  

Important Notice Regarding Missing Classes
Please note that participation in this travel course will require you to be gone 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 this 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 this Study Abroad program.  The instructor is responsible for determining the impact of any absence from class.

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