Class of 2010 Travel Diary

Mar 8th, 2010

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Final Day – International Travel Seminar

The Illinois Ag Leadership Program International Travel Seminar final day kicked off with a morning of free time for participants to explore the rich heritage of Buenos Aires.  Buenos Aires is a city of approximately 14 million people with strong European influence.  The streets remind many of the architecture in Paris.   One of the prime […]

Mar 6th, 2010

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March 5, 2010 – David Hughes Farm Tour

This morning we boarded the bus for a 3-hour trip to the David Hughes farm to meet with farm management and local agronomic professionals.  As we gradually passed out of the city into the Argentine countryside, I immediately had a comfortable sense of home, because of the similarities between this region of the pampas and […]

Mar 6th, 2010

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Buenos Dias from Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Dias and Ola from the capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires.  Our morning began with something new: mass cabs from the Hotel Emperador to the United States Embassy.  Coordinating 8 taxis for 31 people is quite a trick.  We arrived before 9 am in bright sunshine and warm temps.  Long lines for visas had already […]

Mar 4th, 2010

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Argentina.. Here we come.

Today was an adventure of a different sort.  We departed the hotel around 7:30 this morning and headed down the mountain towards the water.  Our day was one we all had been greatly anticipating.  The official start to the morning began on a riding bus tour of the Mosiac facility in Cuatao.  Before we arrived […]

Mar 3rd, 2010

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Our Last Full Day in Brazil

We started our morning with a briefing from CME/BM&F Bouespa. Achilles Cuoto explained that BM&F Bouespa is an exchange service like the CME is in the US. Fabiana Perobelli said that approximately 200,000 contracts per day are generated through the United States. The money exchange is generated through Citibank in New York. BM&F Bouespa is […]

Mar 2nd, 2010

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ELSAQ and Case IH

Greetings from Piracicaba –  We started the day at ELSAQ, the agriculture school for Sao Paulo University where we listened to our first speaker Professor Luiz Lehmann Coutinho.  Professor Coutinho told us some interesting facts and described the curriculum ELSAQ offers.  ELSAQ started as strictly an agriculture school but has now branched out to include […]

Mar 1st, 2010

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Feb 28, 2010 – Travel Day

This morning we had an opportunity to sleep in and catch up on some much needed rest.  After another round of European-style breakfast buffet, several in the group purchased some souvenirs,  we boarded the bus, traveled to the airport, said farewell and “Obrigado!” to our skilled and trusted driver, and departed from Mato Grosso on […]

Mar 1st, 2010

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Mato Grosso…. Day 2

Today we awoke in the farming community of Lucas do Rio Verde, population of approximately 50,000.  A hard rain fell over part of the night.  Speaking with Ricardo, our farmer guide, Mato Grosso receives almost 100 inches of rain annually with almost all of that falling from September to early March.   Luciane Bertinatto Copetti, the […]

Mar 1st, 2010

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Mato Grosso – February 26th

It’s Friday in Mato Grosso and the group is anxious to learn more about the agriculture in this state where crop production reins king.  We started our day at Palacio Paiaguas with vice Governor (incoming Governor in one month) Silval.  They are very proud that Mato Grosso is the leading food producing state in Brazil […]

Feb 26th, 2010

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We Made It…

We’re here!! The day has been long, but good. The flight from Chicago was on time, but we had very little time to make our connection from Sao Paulo to Brasilia. All of us finally arrived but four were on a later flight due to customs and security. The US Embassy briefing was held in […]

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