With the growth of the world’s population and the increasing awareness that our natural resources are limited, development of sustainable systems to produce food is essential. Globally, the food industry is one of the largest industrial sectors, consumes tremendous amounts of energy and water, and can result in large quantites of waste; thus food has a critical impact on the environment, including greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.
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.
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This integrated production and policy program will allow students to gain valuable knowledge, skills and abilities with respect to global agricultural production, resources and food issues.
The objective of this course is to gain insight, understanding, and perspective of the agricultural industry, the food system, and culture of Belize. The rich culture of Belize reflects the diversity of the peoples who call Belize home: Maya, Creole, European, Garifuna, Mestizo, East Indian, Chinese and Mennonite.
Students will travel to Antarctica through Ushuaia, Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina. They will spend 12 days on a ship exploring the Weddell Sea, Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands. Throughout the duration of the trip, while on the ship and during daily excursions to the continent, expedition leaders and lecture staff will guide students in viewing wildlife like whales, a huge variety of seabirds, penguins, and seals. Students will explore the icebergs, mountains and waterways of Antarctica's geography.
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.
This study abroad program will explore agricultural systems, natural resources, and resource management in Costa Rica through interactions with farmers who have a history with ISU course. Activities include visits to variety of farms including coffee, highland fruits, organic vegetables, sugarcane, pineapple, and banana production.
Tour the farms and regions of Germany to learn about international opportunities and guide lines in related equestrian events such as jumpers, eventers and western all-around horses. Opportunities include visiting Hanoverian National Stud, Westphalia National Stud, German Equestrian Federation Headquarters and Bavarian western performance horse farms. Cultural visits include Cologne Cathedral, Bergen-Belsen concentration camp and Neuschwanstein Castles in Schwangau, Bavaria. You also will experience sites and tastes of each German town we visit.
Students will learn about the history, culture, agriculture, emergency preparedness, and environment of Guam. The Spanish, Asian, and U.S. influence have shaped the Chamorro Culture in Guam. Students will learn about the island's agriculture and public health systems. Additionally, students will meet with local experts on how climate change may impact Guam's natural habitats and ability to be prepared for natural disasters such as drought and tsunamis.
Caribbean Marine Biology program is specifically designed to provide students with a unique field marine biology experience. There are no other life science courses that are devoted to marine biology here at Iowa State University. This course serves a unique role in providing students with an exceptional opportunity to experience firsthand a variety of marine environments on the world's second largest barrier reef system.