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College of Agriculture

Chico State Collegiate FFA Hosts Danish Exchange Students for Cultural Exchange

Announced on: Friday, Apr. 12, 2019

California State University, Chico Collegiate FFA hosted a Butte County agricultural tour and cultural exchange with 30 Danish agricultural students through Experience International from March 27-28. The Danish students spent three days of their two-week California tour in Chico.

Coordinated by the Collegiate FFA and Professor Tommy Henderson, the experience began at the University Farm on Wednesday, March 27 with a cultural exchange dinner where 30 Chico State students joined the Danish contingent. Each of the groups presented on their experiences in agriculture, and the discussion that followed fostered a dialogue between the differing cultures and allowed students to broaden their perspectives in agriculture.  

Although she couldn’t point Denmark out on a world map at the beginning of the exchange, the experience gave agricultural education major Breanna Holbert a new perspective on how we look at agriculture and the world around us.

“Getting to see our cultures collide was an incredible experience. All too often we overlook what’s around us and get caught up in ourselves, and it opened my eyes to what goes on across the world in an unfamiliar country,” said Holbert, a sophomore.

The following day, both Danish and Chico State students embarked on industry tours in Butte County to learn more about the agricultural commodities in California such as olive oil, almonds and rice.

Henderson hopes the experience helped his Chico State students build a global awareness and open their minds to the differences and similarities in how they approach agriculture and life compared with students in countries.

“Chico State students built a new sense of pride in what we have, welcoming the Danish students with open arms and new perspectives,” Henderson said.