Two to Tango: Agricultural Production & Marketing in Argentina
This program will study the farming and ranching industries in Argentina that provide the technology, production, expertise, processing, and transformation of farm products into foods that are in global demand.
This program is administered by the College of Food, Agricultural & Natural Resource Sciences' Office of International Programs. Applications are processed by the Learning Abroad Center.
Agricultural marketing and farming are global industries and communicators and marketers need to be able to understand how events on other continents can impact decisions made at the firm-level; even in a different hemisphere. This course will study the farming and ranching industries in Argentina that provide the technology, production, expertise, processing, and transformation of farm products into foods that are in global demand. Additionally, this course will explore how Argentinian culture shapes marketing and communication efforts in Argentina.
This course will spend two weeks in Argentina meeting with international agricultural firms and farmers to learn how Argentina continues to be a global competitor in agricultural commodities. Students will also learn about the challenges limiting South American agricultural production and how this relates to U.S. agriculture.
Agriculture has been and continues to be one of the most important financial contributors to Argentina’s economy. For hundreds of years, Gauchos (Argentine Cowboys) have tended cattle and sheep across Argentina’s diverse landscapes. Today, Argentina is a global competitor in various agricultural markets including beef cattle, corn, and soybeans. To rise to this level, marketing and communications have played a vital role in expanding Argentina’s global reach with its agricultural products. The heart of this global trade and industry powerhouse is Buenos Aires. Located on the Atlantic coast of South America, the Buenos Aires metro is home to over 15 million people. Here, business, industry, and agriculture collide in this port city where Argentina and other South American countries import and export various agricultural products.
In Buenos Aires, you will learn about how culture and industry has shaped the marketing and communication efforts used by agricultural firms in Argentina. Additionally, you will immerse yourself in the Argentinian culture as you explore the city, dine on authentic Argentinian cuisine (get ready to eat a lot of beef), and learn about Argentina’s rich cultural heritage. Additionally, you travel to Rosario where you will tour the ports along the Parana River and visit an Argentinian winery.
Check out a brief presentation on this program here.
The program will comply with local public health recommendations as well as recommended standards of the University of Minnesota. This may include modifications to the program calendar, weekly schedule, classroom environment, course delivery, housing arrangements, transportation policies, and/or in-country travel restrictions.
Housing & Meals
You will be staying in a hotel throughout your time in Buenos Aires. The hotel will have breakfast included daily. During our in-country field-trip to Rosario, you will additionally be staying in a hotel with breakfast included. While in Rosario, we will have two group meals included in your program fee. Finally, we will have a departing dinner before we head home to Minnesota which will be included in the program fee. All other meals will be on your own.
January 15, 2022
Depart from Minneapolis-Saint Paul: May 13, 2022
Arrive in Argentina: May 14, 2022
Depart from Argentina: May 27, 2022
You will earn 3 credits for CFAN 3526. This course is approved for the Global Perspectives theme. For students in the Agricultural Communication and Marketing major, this course meets one of the core requirements under the “Business and Marketing” section of the degree sheet. Students may take this course in place of APEC 3451.
This is an embedded course with on-campus class time during the Spring semester; you will travel abroad during the May term. You must register for this course and complete the study abroad application. Registration costs/financial aid are tied to the Spring semester.
Dr. Garrett Steede is an Assistant Professor of Agricultural Communication and Marketing. He holds a B.S. in Animal and Dairy Sciences and a M.S. in Agricultural and Extension Education, both from Mississippi State University. He completed his Ph.D. in 2018 at Texas Tech University in Agricultural Communication and Education. Dr. Steede has been working to develop this program to Argentina since he arrived at the University of Minnesota in 2018 in hopes of offering more curriculum-specific international opportunities for students in agricultural communication and marketing, agricultural education, agricultural and food business management, and applied economics.
While in Buenos Aires you will have several field trips and local excursions in addition to guest speakers and lectures regarding agricultural marketing and communication in Argentina. Sample local field trips, activities, and excursions in Buenos Aires include:
- A neighborhood walking tour of Buenos Aires
- A group Tango lesson (the national dance of Argentina)
- A tour of the Liniers Livestock Market
- A tour of the Central Cattle Market
- Farm tours
- Argentine Ministry of Agriculture
- Argentine Cereal Exchange
- A meatpacking facility
- National Institute of Technical Agriculture
- Argentina Extension Research Farm Unit
The majority of your time in Argentina will be spent in and around Buenos Aires, however there will be an excursion to the city of Rosario, Argentina. While in Rosario, you will have a guided tour of the city and of local businesses. These business tours may include visits to John Deere, ADM, and/or the Rosario Grain Board. There will be several local excursions while in Rosario including a tour of the grain ports along the Parana River, a visit to the Conecar Ganadera Feedlot, and a tour of an Argentinian winery.
The program fee generally includes tuition, group flight airfare, airport transfers, in-country program-related transportation, housing, some meals, entrances to course-related excursions and site visits, program administration, and international health insurance.
If you are registered for less than 13-credits or if you are a non-UofM student or a UofM graduate student, you will be charged tuition for this course in addition to the program fee. Notify the Learning Abroad Center if this applies to you.
Billing & Payments
The application fee, deposit, and program fee are charged to the student's UMN account.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
All applicants are charged a $50 non-refundable application fee by the Learning Abroad Center. Students who confirm their participation in the program will have charged to their student account a $750 non-refundable deposit. Confirmed students who cancel their application before March 1 are responsible for the non-refundable deposit. Confirmed students who cancel their application on March 1 or later are responsible for the non-refundable deposit and any non-recoverable fees.
In the event that the CFANS Office of International Programs (OIP) is forced to cancel this entire program, meaning both the on-campus portion and abroad portion, accepted and confirmed students will receive a full refund of their application fee and deposit. In the event that students have started the on-campus portion of the program, but international conditions do not allow students to travel, as per University of Minnesota policy, students will be provided with the ability to complete the course and recoverable fees will be returned to students.
Students have the option to appeal the CFANS OIP cancelation policy when canceling from a program for extenuating circumstances. Please refer to the Learning Abroad Center's refund appeal process for details.
Please note: In the near future COVID vaccine requirements may be instituted by specific countries and/or airlines without advance notice. Vaccination gives you the best chance for participation in a program and will keep open the most travel options.
The inability to participate in a program because of local, national, or airline restrictions if you are not vaccinated but are eligible to be vaccinated will not be considered a valid reason for a refund.
Cost of Participation Forthcoming
Complete pre-application advising.
Due to COVID-19, current US passport processing times are significantly delayed. If you do not have a passport, or your passport expires less than 6 months after your return date from your time abroad, apply for a new passport now, and pay for expedited processing.
You will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.
When you submit your online application, you will be assigned an application checklist that includes:
- First Step session
- University of Minnesota Student Release and Waiver Form
Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist.
- You will receive an automated email message indicating your application was received.
- Follow the instructions on your application checklist to submit the Student Release and Waiver Form.
- Your application is not considered complete until the form has been received and you have completed the First Step module. Your completed application will be forwarded to the program leader in the sponsoring college/department for review.
- The program leader will notify the Learning Abroad Center of acceptance decisions. If accepted, you will be notified via email and assigned a confirmation checklist, which includes:
- Health Information Form
- Confirmation and Payment Agreement
- Online Health & Safety Orientation
- Login to the online application to review the confirmation checklist and submit the required items.
- Once you submit all items, your participation will be confirmed and your student account will be billed for the program deposit.
- If you decide not to continue with the application process, log into the online application and submit a Cancel Request. You must also notify your program leader of your cancellation.