Introduction: Economics of Grass-Fed Beef Production in Uruguay
Spend your spring break in South America studying international agribusiness and environmental management. As you explore Uruguay, you will discover its agricultural practices, see the similarities and differences between production systems in the U.S. and learn how agribusinesses in other countries are able to be USDA certified.
Students will take a class online (2 credit hours) throughout the spring semester that will give background information on Uruguay as well as on international markets and trade. During the trip portion of the program, (Spring Break 2018, 1 credit hour) students will travel to Montevideo, Treinta y Tres, Punta del Este, and surrounding cities. Field trips will include visiting a pasture-based dairy, grain-finished beef operations, grass-fed/organic beef and lamb farms, grain farms, a rice mill, and a beef packing plant. Students will also have time to sightsee and relax at the beach.
Students will have the opportunity to:
- discover Uruguay's capital city Montevideo
- visit beef and lamb operations that source organic and grass-fed products to major US food retailers
- visit pasture-based dairies
- gain a better understanding of international agribusiness
- sightsee and relax at Punta del Este beach
By the end of this nine-day adventure, students will have a better understanding of pasture-based livestock production and how political and economic policies can interact to impact prices and international trade. This study abroad will be the spring break of a lifetime.
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Uruguay's low, rolling plains and rich history and culture make this an exciting destination for any college student. Students will travel to Uruguay's capital, Montevideo, as well as Treinta y Tres, Punta del Este, and surrounding cities. Montevideo is home to nearly half of Uruguay's population and is known as a vibrant, eclectic city with a rich cultural life. Students will enjoy the city's scenic waterfront, art, theatres and noteworthy cuisine.
|Dr. Levi Russell, Program Director
Agricultural and Applied Economics Department
|Dr. Jacob Segers, Program Director
Animal & Dairy Science Department
Associate Director of Student Engagement
Spring Semester Course: Enroll before drop/add of the current spring semester
AAEC 4990E (Online, 2 credit hours)
This course provides an introduction to food production and economics in Uruguay as well as international markets and trade.
Spring Break Course: Enroll before drop/add of the current spring semester
AAEC/ADSC 3911 (Study Abroad Lab, 1 credit hour)
This course is the lab portion of the study abroad program
2018 Program Itinerary
|Friday, March 9
||-Depart US: URUGUAY
|Saturday, March 10
||-Arrive in Montevideo. Orientation and Dinner
|Sunday, March 11
||-Guided tour of Montevideo; free time to explore
|Monday, March 12
||- Visit Pasture-Based Dairy Operations
- Visit INIA beef cattle production facilities
|Tuesday, March 13
|| - Visit beef packing plant
- Travel to Treinta y Tres
|Wednesday, March 14
||-Treinta y Tres
- Visit grass-fed beef operation, Cow-calf finishing system; integrated grain and livestock farm.
|Thursday, March 15
||- Travel to Punta del Este
- Visit sheep and cattle operation
- Tour SAMAN (largest rice exporter in Uruguay)
|Friday, March 16
||-Punta del Este
- Tour family-owned wine farm and cellar
- Visit "Sierra de los Caracoles" (grass-fed beef, grain production and wind-energy farm)
|Saturday, March 17
||-Explore Punta del Este
-Depart for ATL
|Sunday, March 18
||-Arrive in ATL
Over the course of this 9 day program, students and faculty stay in hotels located in Montevideo, Treinta y Tres and Punta del Este. Accommodations are included in the program fee. Most meals are included in the program fee as well.
Students will pay a program fee, in-state tuition and fees (3 credit hours) and their airfare.
Program Fee: $1,030
Tuition and Fees for 3 credits
Airfare: $1,200 - $1,500