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About CAEP

Who is CAEP?

For more than 30 years, Communicating for Agriculture Education Programs (CAEP) has carried out the vision of giving young adults an opportunity to experience the world through agricultural exchange, while providing an opportunity for rural families to be touched by other cultures, resulting in lifelong friendships.

CAEP’s technical capability, a network of offices worldwide, and variety of programs enhances our stellar track record of success:

  • CAEP has a variety of program options available
  • CAEP has placed tens of thousands of international exchange visitors
  • CAEP has International Offices connecting globally
  • CAEP has International Partners throughout the world
  • CAEP uses of state-of-the-art technology
  • CAEP has the highest rate of visa approval

How does CAEP Do It?

CAEP applicants are screened and interviewed by our vetting departments through a CAEP partner or office. The applications are then forwarded to a CAEP host that can match the request of the applicant to meet the mutual beneficial goal to both party’s of cultural exchange and training.

CAEP fosters a mutually beneficial relationship between CAEP host and a CAEP exchange visitor. Let us put learning to work for you today!

Become a CAEP Business Partner

CAEP is an organization that brings young people from all over the world together to travel, learn and earn. Tens of thousands of exchange participants have experienced life with our host families and businesses all around the world. After completing a CAEP program, many CAEP exchange participants have found careers in agriculture and run farms, nurseries, wineries and horse operations in their respective countries.

The CAEP Business Model

CAEP works with CAEP Partners* to recruit young people to come on a CAEP program. These CAEP participants come to the U.S. and other CAEP host countries for 3 to 12 months to “learn and earn” with a CAEP hosting operation.

*Partners are collectively, CAEP Recruiters, CAEP Country Offices, and CAEP Country Partners.

As a CAEP Partner, you have access to our online systems for worldwide application processing, marketing, presentation, and technical assistance in building your market, financial assistance programs, and opportunities to develop a hosting business in your own country for worldwide program.

There are three levels of partnership with CAEP:

CAEP Recruiter

A CAEP Recruiter is an individual, who wishes to register with CAEP directly.

CAEP Country Office

A CAEP Country Office promotes CAEP services exclusively and has the right to all CAEP brands, assigned territories, marketing assistance, and special programs (i.e. financing from CAEP).

CAEP Country Partner

A Country Partner is an existing independent business who receives special pricing from CAEP for CAEP services and who provides CAEP services in conjunction with other vendor’s products.

If you are interested in becoming a Partner with CAEP, please contact us:

Send an email to with more information about your organization and why you are interested in partnering with CAEP. The CAEP main office phone number is:  +1-218-739-3241.

Information for Embassies

Three organizations make up the CA family of educational programs:

Communicating for America is the parent, non-profit organization with tens of thousands of farmers, ranchers and small business members across the United States and abroad. The members are the exchange visitors. The CA organization has been promoting rural education, training, legislation and health care for close to half of a century.

Communicating for Agriculture Scholarship and Education Foundation has awarded over $2.5 million in scholarships to young people worldwide. The CA foundation is the registered entity with the U.S. Department of State for cultural exchange purposes.

CAEP administrates the exchange visitor programs on behalf of the Foundation.

CA has received high marks from Congress for our efforts to promote agriculture education:
“Mr. Speaker, CA has also been a strong supporter of the education of young people in providing the opportunity to train and experience life and personal growth overseas. Today, CA Education Programs has become the largest program of its kind in the country.”

Collin Peterson – Member of the House Agriculture Committee.

Every winery, farm, ranch, nursery, business or other hosting business are members of CA. This means that our hosting companies have a long-term commitment to involvement with our organization, not just as a host to exchange visitors, but also as a member of our rural advocacy organization.

CAEP has State-of-the-art applicant processing: Candidates of CAEP programs are screened via video conferencing by CAEP. CAEP candidates complete all applications online, have all documents and training plans processed online, and all communication archived for auditing purposes and immediate retrieval.

Communicating for America (CA)

In 1972, Communicating for America (CA) started as a small group of dairy farmers in west central Minnesota. Today CA has tens of thousands of agriculture and small business members across the United States, and close to half a century of legislative accomplishments on behalf of our members. From helping to form the first state high-risk pool for the medically uninsurable in Minnesota in 1976 to the first beginning farmer loan program in Iowa in 1980, to form its international agriculture exchange program in 1985, to receive the first Agriculture Apprenticeship designation granted by the U.S. Department of Labor in 2007. CA was founded to promote the general health, welfare, and advancement of people in agriculture or small business, and after close to half of a century of service to rural America, that mission continues to drive CA today. For more information, please visit

CA Foundation

The Communicating for Agriculture Scholarships and Education Foundation is authorized by the U.S. State Department to sponsor programs on behalf of the United State Government under the J1 category for the intern and trainee category. The Foundation provides emerging leaders in rural communities scholarships for educational advancement - both here at home and abroad. Headed by leaders from all over the country, the Foundation helps cultivate new globally minded citizens through education and travel. The Foundation has awarded millions of dollars to young Americans striving to obtain their career dreams. Scholarships benefit a wide range of young people in the fields of nursing, agriculture, and other studies or who want to train in a field where the benefit of practical skill development can be taken back to their communities. The CA Foundation takes a "world view" that young people should be encouraged to visit countries with businesses that have a global presence to develop global work skills. For more information, please visit