(Posted Tue. Jul 30th, 2013)
July 30: A travelling group of journalists representing major Japanese news outlets visited the offices of the National Corn Growers Association today, to learn about corn farming in the United States and specifically about the use of biotechnology.
“It’s always great to welcome visitors from countries to which we export U.S. corn,” said NCGA Director of Biotechnology and Economic Analysis Nathan Fields, who spoke with the group about biotech trends. “Japan is the largest export market for our farmers, and understands the importance of biotechnology in today’s agriculture. These reporters were eager to learn about how American farming works to help feed and fuel the world.”
The journalists represented news media with a combined circulation of about 27 million, representing the Yomiuri Shimbun, Asahi Shimbun, Mainichi Shimbun, Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Sankei Shimbun and Japan Food Journal newspapers, as well as the Jiji Press news service. The group is traveling through the United States this week with the U.S. Grains Council. After meetings in St. Louis, they are visiting farms in Nebraska before heading to Washington for a series of meetings.
In the NCGA office, they also were briefed by representatives of the U.S. Soybean Export Council, which helps create and sustain demand for U.S. soybeans and soybean products and promote the benefits of soy use.