Ag business student represents Iowa State at Taiwan agriculture program

August 25th, 2010

AMES, Iowa — Scott Henry was one of 23 students from 18 universities across the United States selected to participate in the Exploring Agriculture in Taiwan (EAT) program held in early August.

Henry, an Iowa State University junior in agricultural business, says the trip expanded his understanding of the global economy and ag industry. Henry, who has traveled to 12 countries, said Iowa State is a leader in providing international opportunities in and out of the classroom.

"I never imagined that I'd be up to my calves in mud, drenched in sweat, transplanting rice and having a blast doing it," Henry said. "Oftentimes when you attend programs such as this you learn more from conversations with other participants than you do during the presentations."

Students from four countries met to discuss ways to improve international components of higher education agricultural programs. Henry was selected by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to represent Iowa State during the two-week EAT program.

The trip was jointly sponsored by the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at National Chung Hsing University and Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Part of the program included tours of Taiwan's agricultural industry. Henry said the group toured everything from experimental forests to organic pea farms.

"I learned far more than I could've imagined, experienced things I'd never even heard of and met some incredible people from around the globe," Henry said.

Henry will travel to China in September to attend the World's Fair in Shanghai.

Contacts: 

Scott Henry, Agricultural Business, (515) 231-4910, srhenry@iastate.edu

Barbara McBreen, Communications Service, (515) 294-0707, barbmc@iastate.edu