>Buenos Dias Argentina!
After breakfast yesterday morning we made our way to the outskirts of Rosario to tour the Bunge facilities at Terminal 6. Our groups separated at T6; two groups toured the facilities and two groups went to visit the historical battlefield at San Martin. Then we switched.
We learned a lot about the soybean crushing facilities of T6 and really enjoyed having the opportunity to visit the facilities of our ILSSO sponsor while in Argentina.
At the battlefield in San Martin, we saw the site where Argentina first declared their independence from Spain.
Later, we boarded a tour boat that took us on a tour of the ports along the Parana River. We were able to see numerous sights from the river view that were not accessible though our land tour, including Bunge’s barge loading area.
Our top 10 experiences of the day:
10.) Finding out that our matching polo shirts, sponsored by Bunge, are the same colors as the world famous Argentine futbol team!
9.) Visiting the world’s largest soybean crushing facility in San Martin.
8.) Marveling at the sunburn of our group leader, Shane.
7.) Touring South America’s 3rd largest river, the Parana, by boat.
6.) Serenading our guide and bus driver with country music and the “Grease” soundtrack.
5.) Discovering that the dry storage capacity of T6 is 1.6 million metric tons…WOW!
4.) Stepping out onto our “private” beach to find A LOT of wandering chickens…
3.) Learning that Terminal 6 moves product via 14 kilometers of conveyor belts and has 4 kilometers of underground tunnels that employees use to travel the campus.
2.) Watching Alex from Oregon use his Spanish pick-up lines on the senoritas.
1.) Experiencing an amazing opportunity, meeting a ton of awesome new people, and learning more about our ILSSO sponsor, Bunge, and the role that they play in global agriculture.
Buenos Noches, Amigos!
“John Deere Green”
Spencer, South Dakota
Josh, New York
Eric, New Jersey
Current and past state FFA officers are invited to participate in the International Leadership Seminar for State Officers (ILSSO). Participants spend 10 days traveling abroad and learning about international agriculture and the global marketplace. Find out more about National FFA Global programs on ffa.org.