(Posted Tue. Nov 8th, 2011)
Today, the National Corn Growers Association hosted a group of Brazilian dignitaries, including World Food Prize winner Alysson Paolinelli, who was key in transforming the country’s infertile high plains region, Cerrado, into highly productive crop land. Now the CEO of the Brazilian Corn Growers Association, Paolinelli, along with colleagues from his organization, the food processing industry, agribusiness and an environmental consulting group, met with NCGA marketing and biotechnology staff to better understand the organization and the role of biotechnology in the U.S. corn market.
NCGA Vice President of Marketing Fred Stemme welcomed the team and spoke with them on the association’s structure, the key issues on which it focuses and updated them on major projects currently underway.
Stemme was followed by Director of Biotechnology and Economic Analysis Nathan Fields who provided an overview of the state of the 2011 U.S. corn crop. Giving information on both current supply and demand projections, Fields also addressed the ways in which biotechnology, when combined with conservation practices, helps U.S. farmers increase the sustainability of their operations on a consistent basis. Finally, he concluded with an explanation of the interaction between biotechnology and pressing trade issues.
“As Brazilian agriculture continues to advance, it is important that we work with them on the many areas of concern in which cooperation can lead to positive change,” said Fields. “Here, we had the opportunity to work directly with an industry innovator who has already been recognized at the highest levels for his contribution to his society and its betterment through biotechnology. It was an honor to explore the common ground our groups share and to begin looking for ways we can each implement the other’s best practices at home.”