Guelph students organize successful exchange with Oklahoma State University

29 03 2010

The following is a guest post from University of Guelph student Rebecca Hannam, who recently participated in an exchange with ag communications students at Oklahoma State University.

Members of CanACT, the Canadian Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow at the University of Guelph recently participated in a campus exchange program with Oklahoma State University (OSU).

CanACT members flew to Oklahoma earlier this semester to visit the OSU campus and learn more about agricultural communications. The trip allowed us to meet other passionate students and compare farming practices in Oklahoma with what we do here in Ontario.

The most rewarding portion of the exchange for me, however, was welcoming OSU students to Guelph to teach them about the Canadian agriculture industry. In addition to an afternoon in Niagara Falls and time spent on the University of Guelph campus, CanACT members showcased Ontario agriculture by organizing a day of farm tours during the Guelph portion of the exchange.

Stops at Gencor, Woodrill Ltd., the Ontario Cattlemen’s Association office, a beef feedlot and a family dairy farm were all on the agenda for our farm day. The itinerary allowed OSU students to meet active agricultural communicators and talk with crop, beef and dairy farmers during the tours.

“Seeing the diversity between production in the U.S. and Ontario was very interesting,” says OSU student Krista Anderson.

As an Ontario farm girl who grew up near Guelph, I was proud to welcome fellow young ag enthusiasts to the area and show off local farms and organizations. I hope that this initiative will inspire future exchanges so that other Ontario Agricultural College students can gain international perspectives in agriculture. Head]Head

Members of the University of Guelph CanACT and Oklahoma State University who participated recently in an exchange




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