Students and faculty of SUNY Cobleskill’s Agricultural Business Management program are on the ground in Costa Rica this week visiting large-scale tropical fruit, coffee, and chocolate operations to learn more about complex global agricultural production.
The trip was made possible, in part, by a recent $1,000 grant from Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement, which supports programs, projects and events that are intended to strengthen agriculture, commercial fishing, and the forest products sector in the Northeast.
From May 15 through May 23, Agricultural Business Management students will be visiting and studying the Aqua Corporacion International tilapia farm, the Arenal Volcano, the cutting-edge, zero-waste Rancho Margot farm, a DOLE banana farm, a pineapple plantation, the pioneering EARTH University, and more. The trip aims to give students a deeper understanding of global food production and the businesses and systems in which they may ultimately build careers, as well as broaden their awareness of the economic, social and political forces that shape societies.
The Agricultural Business Management program develops a domestic or international faculty-led travel experience like this each year for students to see agricultural businesses around the world. Trip itineraries annually include visits to farms of all types, manufacturers, government organizations, colleges & universities, urban centers and natural/cultural attractions. Since 2009, Ag Business Field Studies trips have taken faculty and students to Germany, Ireland, England, China, California, Hungary and the American Midwest.