South America for Wine Professionals - The International Wine Industries of Chile and Argentina 2012
The Purdue Wine Grape Team, the Midwest's leading experts on
grape and wine production, will take wine industry professionals on an
international Extension adventure to Chile and Argentina, and an
opportunity to explore and experience global viticulture and enology
during harvest time in the Southern hemisphere. The Team will lead the
travels to several of the key wine production regions of Chile,
including the Maipo, Casabanca, and Aconcagua Valleys. Stops include
visits to several of Chile's top wineries and vineyards (Viña
Veramonte, Viñedos Orgánicos Emiliana, Viña Errázuriz), encompassing
conventional, organic, and biodynamic farming operations. The
travelers have an opportunity to explore the magnificent scenery of
Chile, from its Pacific Coast beaches to the Andes Mountains. A day
trip across the 22,841 ft high Andes takes the Team to Mendoza,
Argentina, to explore in the other center of the South American wine
industry with visits to premier wine producers (Finca Decero, Catena
Zapata, and Familia Zuccardi). The group will stay in the old city of
Mendoza, with its beautiful plazas and tree-lined streets, and plenty of
opportunity to experience the vibrant culture and art of Argentina.
The program is organized and led by Dr. Christian Butzke of the
Department of Food Science and Dr. Bruce Bordelon of the Department of
Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Purdue.
Italy for Wine Professionals
Italy for Wine Professionals led 15 members of Indiana's wine industry on a 9-day excursion to various wine production and equipment manufacturing facilities, with visits tailored to help address the needs faced by Indiana's wine industry.
For more information about this program, contact Dr. Christian Butzke (Department of Food Sciences), 765-494-6500, firstname.lastname@example.org, Dr. Bruce Bordelon (Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture), 765-494-8212, email@example.com, Ms. Jill Blume (Department of Food Sciences), 765-494-1749, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gardens of France
The Gardens of France program (previously "England and its Gardens") took nearly 30 Purdue Extension Master Gardeners and horticulture enthusiasts on an 11-day study program of garden design to some of the most famous and intricate gardens in France. Stops included Versailles, the Rosarie de l'Hay du Val de Marne, the International Festival of Gardens at Château Chaumont sur Loire, and Monet's Garden at Giverny.
For more information about the program, go to: http://www.hort.purdue.edu/France/ Specific questions can be directed to Dr. Mike Dana (Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture) at 765-494-5923, email@example.com, or Ms. Rosie Lerner (Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture) at 765-494-1311, firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Market Research Project to Costa Rica
Under the support of a grant from the USDA, faculty and staff from the College of Agriculture developed an innovative educational program from March 2006-March 2008 to engage the state of Indiana in the global marketplace. Set at CATIE in Costa Rica, the ten-day research program linked Purdue graduate students, extension educators and Indiana high school agriculture and science teachers to Indiana agribusinesses interested in exploring the Costa Rican market for their respective products. Each participant was paired with an agribusiness and was given the responsibility of performing background market research prior to traveling. While in Costa Rica, a market analysis was completed. Upon return, the participants composed reports outlining the markets and potential economic benefits for their respective business's products and/or interests, and then presented the reports to the businesses. In addition to the experience they gained as international market researchers, students noted that the experience gave them a new perspective on the differences between Costa Rica and the United States, and the roles that culture and environment play in making business decisions.