(Posted Tue. Nov 26th, 2013)
Nov. 26: Last week, MAIZALL met with key government and feed industry leaders in South Korea and China. This delegation, which follows two years of intensive planning and preparation, marked the initial effort of MAIZALL, a partnership of the national corn producer organizations of Argentina, Brazil and the United States, in its work to bring the world's top three corn exporting countries together to advocate for the elimination of trade barriers, acceptance of modern agricultural technology and enhancement of food security through trade.
The delegation, which included National Corn Growers Association Chairwoman Pam Johnson, participated in China's Food Security Strategy Summit in Beijing with top Chinese officials concerned with agricultural development, food security and rural issues. Other guests included senior USDA and Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture officials, senior executives from a number of major multinational trading companies, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
The MAIZALL team also met with the American, Brazilian and Argentine embassies in both South Korea and China, the Korean and Chinese feed industry associations, and key regulatory officials in South Korea. During the U.S. Grains Council organized Trade Technology Symposium in Beijing, the group met with more than 100 government officials.
The MAIZALL partners include the National Corn Growers Association, MAIZAR (Argentina), ABRAMHILO (Brazil) and the U.S. Grains Council. While American, Argentine and Brazilian growers are global competitors, they share common interests as exporters in food security, biotechnology, stewardship, trade and producer image.