Travel with the International Collegiate Ag Leadership (I-CAL) Program
The best way to learn about international agriculture is to experience it!
Each May, the International Collegiate Ag Leadership (I-CAL) program travels overseas to help twelve college students better understand international agriculture trade and marketing. The program is designed for students to become immersed in international agriculture and to acquire a unique cultural experience.
The 2013 program will travel to South America. The details are still being finalized and will be announced soon.
I-CAL Frequently Asked Questions
- Download I-CAL Informational Flyer
- I-Cal is sponsored by the Grains Foundation as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
More information available at FFA: www.ffa.org. Please contact Ryan Amaral,
or Lindsey Calhoun,
Learn about the 2012 I-CAL mission to Southeast Asia
The 2012 I-CAL mission traveled to Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore for two weeks learning about agricultural practices in these countries and the international marketing sector. In the Southeast Asia region, the group of twelve students from around the United States toured farms, feed mills, shipping facilities, poultry and egg processing plants and a variety of international agricultural communication and marketing organizations. In Malaysia, the students had the extraordinary networking opportunity to attend the U.S. Grains Council's 20th anniversary celebration of its Southeast Asia office. The reception was a time where the students were able to connect the pieces they learned during their time in Southeast Asia.
Learn about the 2011 I-CAL mission to Panama and Colombia
Twelve intrepid students from around the United States spent two weeks in Panama and Colombia learning about the agricultural practices in these countries. In Panama, I-CAL participants toured farms, schools, shipping facilities, and even an iguana breeding center! Students were especially impressed by their visit to the Panama Canal, one of the largest and most important grain shipping centers in the world. In Colombia, students toured more farms, cultural sites and an agriculture research lab. The unique challenges of agriculture in tropical environments was an important theme for this mission.
Learn about the 2010 I-CAL mission to Taiwan and Malaysia.
Students from around the country spent two weeks overseas learning about the agriculture practices of other countries. In Malaysia, they explored a swine farm, grain facility, poultry farm and poultry processing plant. In Taiwan, the students toured feed milling operations, grain loading facility, a grain research and development institute and local university. The participants were also able to see several of the famous attractions of each country.
Learn about the 2009 I-CAL mission to Vietnam and China.
"The 2009 I-CAL mission changed my perception of the world. We have to embrace free trade and establish relationships in order to move commodities. Having my eyes opened to the world was pretty amazing. I now understand the importance of market development and will continue to promote U.S. agricultural trade in my personal life and professional career."
Iowa State University graduate
Participant in the 2009 I-CAL mission to Vietnam and China