Students Discover Agricultural Diversity in Ireland


Written By Madison Hire

This spring break twenty-nine Purdue students decided to spend their break in Ireland learning about their agricultural practices and the history of the country. Out of those twenty-nine students, nine of them were Agricultural Economics students, who were excited to share about their experiences overseas. Bennett Walther (Sophomore; Applied Agricultural Economics; Centerville, IN) said, “I chose to study abroad because the ability to experience another country like Ireland while still learning about agriculture in other parts of the world really appealed to me.”

Not only did the students get to experience agriculture in Ireland but they saw many of the historical sights that make up the history of the country. Nicholas Hickner (Junior; Agribusiness Management; Bringhurst, IN) talked about his favorite sight, “My favorite place that we visited was the Cliffs of Moher. You can’t explain how grand and beautiful they are without standing in front of them.” The students also got to experience the Irish National Stud Farm, a water buffalo dairy, Blarney Castle, Kylemore Abbey, as well as many castles and other historical sights. 

Brad Berlet (Sophomore; Agribusiness Management; Walton, IN) discussed his favorite part of the trip. “I found the water buffalo farm very interesting. I learned a lot about how they are imported and how they first started as a dairy.” The students got to experience many different types of agriculture along their trip. The water buffalo was the most unique type compared to students’ experiences here in the United States. Students learned many different practices of agriculture compared to home and how those practices benefit the country itself. 

Many students that went on the trip would highly recommend students taking the experience to study abroad whether it is in Ireland or another country. Lauren Bush (Sophomore; Agribusiness Marketing; Flora, IN) says, “It allows you to step outside your comfort zone and learn a lot.” To learn about all the spring break study abroad opportunities be sure to talk to your advisor to find your best fit! Applications come out the beginning of the fall semester for students to apply! Gracie Flaspohler (Sophomore; Agribusiness Management; Batesville, IN) described studying abroad perfectly! “Studying abroad allows you to open your mind about all the options that are available to you in the world; it allows you to learn more about other cultures and understand the different industry and production practice differences that go on in other countries. Anyone on the fence should definitely go to expand their horizons and broaden their views.”

Other students on the trip: Veronica Barnard, Austin Ziliak, Jason Kikkert, Sierrah Love, and Madison Hire





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