Welcome to the 2018 Mexico Field Program

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Group photo of 2016 program
Dona Alberta and Don Olegario's Family (Mazahua Indigenous Community) with Mexican and UW-Madison Students.

Tentative Itinerary:
DayDateAMPMLocal Area
1Bus from Madison to O'Hare
Fly from O'Hare to Mexico City
Walking tour of the Zocalo (National Palace, Murals of Diego Riviera, Cathedral, Aztecs' Templo Mayor, etc.)Mexico City
2Museum of AnthropologyPyramids of TeothihuacanTeotihuacan
3Alpura Dairy Cooperative and Processing PlantSmall Scale Trout ProductionTemascaltepec
4Tropical Dual Purpose cattle in ZacazonapanLeopoldo Flores Museum or Art at UAEMToluca
5Mazahua Indigenous community of Campesinos in San Felipe de Progresso Aculco
6Smallholder Dairy Farms near AculcoArtisanal-scale Family-Owned Cheese Making PlantTequisquiapan
7La Hondanada (Organic Jersey)Dairy Sheep - Reflection TimeQueretaro
8Reflection Time (Individual & Group)La Serpentina: Sustainable Dairy Goat Guanajuato (Centro Historico)
9World Heritage site visits in and around GuanajuatoTravel to San Juan de Los LagosSan Juan Hotel Estancia Real
10PROAN (Proteinas Animales) Feed Mill and PackagingPROAN: Large Scale Dairy OperationSan Juan Hotel Estancia Real
11CUALTOS university campus visit in TepatitlanPROLEA: Dairy Cooperative in AcaticAutan de Navaro Hotel Autlan
12Biosphere Reserve in Mountain (Sierra de Manantlan) and Experimental Station "Las Joyas")La Joyas Scientific Station
13Return to AutlanTravel to ManzanilloManzanillo Hotel La Posada
14Tropical Dual Purpose: Sylvopostoralism Guadalajara Centro HistoricoGuadalajara Hotel de Mendoza
15Early Flight from Guadalajara to OHareBus from O'Hare to MadisonYour Own bed!

Guide Book
The Study Guide is a 80+ page document designed to help students get the most from the field study program. It Includes the following sections: Thank-You's and Participant list, Field study expectations; Portfolio guidelines; Tips to make the most of the field study, Group Activities; Maps, Daily site visit pages, and Evaluation, reflection and assessment.  2016 Guidebook (10.5 MB pdf) | 2017 Guidebook (15.0 MB pdf).

Synopsis of Daily Schedule
Day 1 - Travel to Mexico and visit of the Zacalo
  • Depart Madison 3:30 AM, Arrive O'Hare 6:00 AM; Depart O'Hare 08:20; Arrive in Mexico City at 12:45 PM
  • Meet our Mexican colleagues at the airport and drive to the zacalo for a few visits before checking in the Hotel.

In Participants' Own Words... (to be posted)
  • Acknowledgments:
      The students' opportunity to learn about Mexico and this web page have been made possible by many individuals that we may not fully acknowledge here. However, we want to particularly thank the following organizations and individuals:

      Our Mexican Partners for contributing enormously to the planning and for their support during the field program - including lots of patience !
      • a) Jesus Olmos and collaborators at CUALTOS (Centro Universitario de los Altos, Universidad de Guadalajara).
      • b) Carlos Arriaga and collaborators at UAEM-ICAR (Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico-El Instituto de Ciencias Agropecuarias y Rurales).
      • c) Benito Albarran-Portillo at UAEM-Temascaltepec (Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico).
      • d) The producers and business owners who gave us much of their valuable time to allowed us the opportunity to visit their homes, farms, and operations.

      Our University of Wisconsin Partners for administrative support
      • a) CALS International Programs - Laura Van Toll
      • b) Department of Dairy Science - Sandy Bertics

      Financial support was generously provided by:
      • a) CALS Scholarship funds
      • b) Fest Family Agricultural Enrichment Fund for Enhancing Dairy Science Undergraduate Education
      • c) USDA Higher Education Challenge Grant #2007-02470 "Global Agriculture Curriculum Emphasizing Relationships and Interdependencies with the U.S."

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