Ag Abroad: Sign up now for Greece trip 

By Taylor Edwards

Ever wondered what the importance of agriculture is globally? Attend this year’s Auburn Ag study abroad trip to find out!

Over spring break, March 6-10, 2023, students in the College of Argriculture at Auburn University will travel to Thessaloniki, Greece, to learn about the poultry and agriculture industries abroad and different aspects of Greek culture.

Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece and is the capital city of Central Macedonia’s administrative district. Its port is the second largest commercial port in Greece, and its location, close to the Balkans, are significant factors that contribute both to its economic growth and cosmopolitan characteristics. 

The trip marks the first study abroad trip for the College of Agriculture since the global pandemic shut down travel in 2020. Our College of Ag students will be hosted by Perrotis College of Agriculture, Environment & Life Science, which is a division of the American Farm School (AFS). Perrotis College’s goal is to create graduates who are agricultural leaders for the best values of the United States and Greece. Bringing students over for study abroad trips is the college’s way of extending their mission across borders. The college also has a 97% graduation rate with students from six different countries.  

This eight-day trip will consist of: a Thessaloniki City Tour; AFS Poultry Unit presentation and tour; Gerovassiliou Winery tour and wine tasting; Olive Oil Tasting and Sensory Analysis Lecture; traditional group dinners; Mpekas Buffalo Enterprise — a family-run business creating a range of dairy products using buffalo milk; Meteora Monasteries; and truffle mushroom gathering. 

Auburn’s own Wilmer Pacheco, feed milling extension specialist and assistant professor in the Department of Poultry Science, and Yifen Wang, biosystems engineering professor, will be attending the trip and giving lectures over the course of the week.  

Both undergraduate and graduate students can receive class credit for attending this trip. The application is due Thursday, Oct. 6, so hurry and apply if you haven’t already! 

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