On December 3-5, 2018, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Global Programs Department hosted 42 undergraduate students from Brazil, Japan and South Korea through the International Farmers Aid Association (IFAA). The Global Programs Department has been partnering with the IFAA for over 30 years to help educate visiting interns on agriculture in Iowa and the United States. The group had the opportunity to learn about Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences history and impacts in Iowa through teaching, research and extension, as well as crop, swine and beef production in Iowa through presentations by Shelley Taylor (Global Programs), Andy Zehr (CALS Student Services), Dr. Kendall Lamkey (Department of Agronomy), Katy Lippolis (Department of Animal Science & Extension and Outreach), Dr. Kenneth Stalder (Department of Animal Science) and Dr. Marshall McDaniel (Department of Agronomy). The group also had took some time to tour the Iowa State University Meat Lab and listen to a presentation and tour by Andy Suby of the Iowa State University BioCentury Research Farm, located outside of Boone, Iowa. After their departure from Iowa State, the group headed to Waterloo, Iowa to tour the John Deere Waterloo Works and Terraview Farms.
According to their website, the IFAA is a non-profit organization that began in 1952, allowing more than 7,500 individuals from Brazil, Japan, South Korea, Bolivia, and Paraguay to learn about agriculture in the United States. Individuals are able to apply for the program and if accepted they spend anywhere from one to twelve months with a host family in the United States learning about agriculture through hands on learning on the host family’s farm.