It is almost impossible to sum up our trip in one word or even 500, but we think we can all say it was truly incredible and unforgettable. We have truly learned a lot about agribusiness in New Zealand and we are returning to Illinois with new ideas for future careers and/or for our family farms.
May 27, 2017
After breakfast, we headed to Callaghan Innovation for a presentation by Simon Yarrow of Agritech. Agritech strives to grow the New Zealand economy via agricultural technology and innovation.
May 26, 2017
After checking out from our accommodation, we went to the Livestock Improvement Corporation north of Hamilton. We met the Program Manager, Cameron Marshall, and learned about how the company works to breed a more productive dairy herd in New Zealand.
May 25, 2017
When we arrived at Fonterra's Te Rapa facility, we noticed that they had an American flag on display. When we asked why our color were flying, we were told that the flag was put up in honor of for our visit! We started off by touring a milk powder processing facility, which was relatively empty because there is not much milk currently coming in.
May 24, 2017
We gathered in the boardroom and learned from Ross Bowmar about ADM’s importation of palm kernel extract into New Zealand. Since Ross studied in the U.S. and worked at several ADM locations in the states, he also explained to us how the New Zealand location differs from ADM’s Decatur location (we previously visited ADM in Decatur prior to leaving for New Zealand).
May 23, 2017
We began our day with a stop at Zespri’s International Headquarters to learn a little about its brand, products, and business strategy. Zespri is New Zealand’s single desk exporting brand for kiwifruit. Afterward, we visited a Zespri orchard, where we saw fields of harvested and unharvested kiwifruit.
May 23, 2017
We began our day with a stop at Zespri’s International Headquarters to learn a little about its brand, products, and business strategy. Zespri is New Zealand’s single desk exporting brand for kiwifruit. Afterward, we visited a Zespri orchard, where we saw fields of harvested and unharvested kiwifruit.
May 22, 2017
Our destination was Waipara Hills Winery. We enjoyed lunch and a wine tasting. Many of us got to broaden our horizons, trying a variety of white wines, all made in New Zealand. We also learned about how wine is made and got to peek into their production facility.
May 22, 2017
We started off this morning by heading to downtown Christchurch. There, we met with Jo Stevenson to tour the city and learn about the earthquake that had taken place in February 2011. Jo studied Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences in college (she’s an alumna of UIUC), where she met her Kiwi husband, Mark.
May 20, 2017
We drove down the streets of Christchurch, until we went to the building that housed New Zealand Merino, the major wool cooperative in New Zealand. Their window displayed a graphic of a Merino sheep, and they had a sign welcoming The University of Illinois at their entrance.
May 19, 2017

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