Exploring World Agriculture

Educational Study Tour 2015: People's Republic of China

Study tour affiliated with OSU’s Exploring World Agriculture class. The following draft itinerary includes visiting famous cultural sites in Beijing, Nanjing, and Shanghai, briefings at key universities and research agencies, viewing important agricultural crops and the grasslands of northern and central eastern China, and discussing opportunities for additional exchange and degree programs with collaborators.

Proposed Dates: 2 weeks in early September, prior to 2015 fall term OSU; latest possible: August 30th departure, September 13th return (one week prior departure preferable: Aug 23rd -Sep 6th)

Map of Italy
"The experience was unforgettable and I hope to visit Italy again  
sometime within the next couple of years. It was more than I expected  
and gave me the opportunity to meet lots of great people and make a  
new group of friends."

Educational Study Tour 2014:  AgriTrekking Italy

A walking tour of Italy is planned for September, coordinated by Dr. Molly Megraw from Botany and Plant Pathology. 

The 2014 Exploring World Agriculture Educational Tour in September will bring OSU students to Italy, in the regions of Abruzzo and Umbria, departing from and returning to Rome. The two-week tour led by Dr. Molly Megraw (Botany and Plant Pathology) may include the following visits. The tentative dates for the trip are September 2-16. Note, we are still in the planning process, and thus, changes in dates and specific visits may occur.

  • Raising of local vegetables and herbs unique to the Apennine Mountain region
  • Milking, feeding, and shearing of sheep
  • Cheese making of local sheep and goat cheese such as ricotta
  • Making of fresh pasta
  • Production of olive oil
  • Production of fruits from Abruzzo, and fruit products such as marmalade
  • Tending of vineyards
  • Energy self-sufficiency and waste re-use on a solar energy based farm
  • Production and tasting of products from Umbria: truffles, melon, sausage
  • Visit to historic castles and monasteries built in medieval times
  • Students may opt to stay on their own beyond the tour dates for historic sites in Rome

Please contact Paul Dorres for further information:

Paul R. Dorres
Director of Student Services
Academic Programs Office
137 Strand Agriculture Hall
Phone:  541-737-5655 
Fax:  541-737-2256


Educational Study Tour 2012: Tour of Italy

Dr. Alan Bakalinsky and Dr. Giovanna Rosenlicht co-led an 18-day study tour of Italy  for a group of 17 undergraduates from the College of Agricultural Sciences including majors in Animal Science, Agricultural Sciences, Ag & Business Management, Food Science, Botany, Recreation Resource Management, University Exploratory Studies, and Bioresource Research. The tour focused on sites of agricultural, historic and cultural importance in Veneto (northern Italy including Conegliano, Venice, Caorle), the island of Sardenia, and Rome. Agriculture-related visits included wineries, breweries, farms, dairies, processing facilities for cork, kiwi, mussels, coffee, prosciutto, bottarga (fish roe), vineyards for propagating plant material, a grappa distillery, and the FAO headquarters (UN Food and Agriculture Organization). Students also visited unforgettable sites in Rome: Colosseum, Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Vatican, Trastevere, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, and got a taste of delicious Italian cuisine while relaxing together with their Italian hosts over lengthy meals.

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