(Posted Thu. Sep 5th, 2013)
Sept. 5: After two years of discussions, MAIZALL will begin actively working on behalf of corn farmers in North and South America soon, commencing activities in Korea and China. Earlier this year, the U.S. Grains Council joined the National Corn Growers Association, and MAIZAR and ABRAMHILO, the leading corn producer's organizations in Argentina and Brazil, formally announced the creation of MAIZALL as a strategic alliance focused on food security, market access and biotechnology. Since then, the organizations’ efforts have focused on governance issues, bylaws, articles of incorporation and funding. The efforts currently in the final phase of planning will mark the organization’s first efforts in pursuit of its mission.
Currently, NCGA President Pam Johnson, USGC Chairman and MAIZALL President Julius Schaaf and USGC Vice Chairman Ron Gray are leading the U.S. team in Panama as the MAIZALL board of directors formalizes articles of incorporation and plan the organization's first mission, which will visit Korea and China in October. While in Korea and China, the team will meet with buyers and government officials to discuss regulatory and technology issues, and will participate in the China Food Security Strategy Summit in Beijing.
"MAIZALL benefits farmers who grow corn whether from North or South America because it helps us to speak in a unified voice on matters of shared interest," said Johnson. "Argentina, Brazil and the United States together account for more than three quarters of the world's corn exports in a normal year. While we compete as exporters, we all can agree on the importance of promoting market access, regulatory harmonization and streamlining, and global acceptance of biotechnology. It is incredibly exciting to see our efforts to form MAIZALL come to fruition. Now, we can move forward in our efforts, working together to better serve global customers."
Panama was chosen as MAIZALL's home because it is a neutral location equally convenient to both North and South American participants. Argentina, Brazil and the United States have each named three directors to MAIZALL's board. Funding is shared equally among the three countries.