(Posted Thu. Jun 20th, 2013)
June 19: This week, the National Corn Growers Association hosted a team organized by the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program for discussions on sustainable agriculture, efforts towards conservation, agricultural productivity, marketing and policy advocacy. With participants from Fiji, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Tajikistan who work in academia, agriculture and for non-governmental organizations, these dignitaries brought insightful questions and a deep appreciation for the opportunity to the discussion.
NCGA Director of Biotechnology and Economic Analysis Nathan Fields walked the group through subject matter while fielding questions on many related topics. Team members expressed particular interest in the effectiveness of biotechnology, the science behind the products and the approval methods in place for biotech traits in the United States.
“Interacting with teams such as this one benefits America’s farmers in many ways,” explained Fields. “By having open, honest dialogue about important issues, like biotechnology, we can share real information and also learn more about international perspectives. As we interact with an increasingly global marketplace, it is imperative that we openly share information if we hope to open markets and minds.”
This stop was only one of several that the team will make as they explore the broader agricultural industry. To learn more about the International Visitor Leadership Program, click here.