From March 21-28, 2010, fifteen undergraduate students and 3 faculty members from the Technische Universität München campus at Weihenstephan toured the University of Georgia’s Tifton Campus, farms, agricultural processing facilities, and national parks in Georgia and Auburn University. The tour was organized by Dr. Markus Gandorfer, Institute of Agricultural Economics and Farm Management at the Technische Universität München and Dr. George Vellidis at the University of Georgia.
The German students participated for both business and pleasure. Their B.S. degree requires them to learn about agricultural production practices which are different than their own and a visit to another region or country is the best way to learn this.
In Georgia, highlights of the tour were visits to the University of Georgia’s Tifton Campus where University of Georgia students hosted a barbeque for the German students which ran late into the night, a tour of the University’s research dairy; tours of Tifton Quality Peanuts (peanut shelling cooperative) and Lewis Taylor Farms (diversified vegetable farm), visits to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and Cumberland Island National Seashore; White Oak Pastures (grass-fed beef farm processing facility); and the World of Coca-Cola and the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Site in Atlanta.
In Alabama, highlights were a dinner hosted by Auburn University student ambassadors and administrators, a tour of the campus of Auburn University including Jordan-Hare Stadium and the football locker-room; and a visit to the USDA-ARS National Soil Dynamics Laboratory.