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.
Travel to Costa Rica to see land, water and cropping system and do a field study of the soils, crops and water uses in Costa Rica. The main activity is interactive visits to farms (pineapple, coffee, avocado, vegetable, dairy) that will include examination and discussion of soils, soil data, crops, cropping methods, water use and marketing strategies.
Field examination of the soils, crops and water use systems of Costa Rica via visits to active farms, ministry field sites, and processing plants. Discussions led by practicing professionals including Enrique Villalobos (UCR, Professor-Emeritus) and Lee Burras.