(Posted Fri. May 2nd, 2014)
The National Corn Growers Association hosted International Negotiations on Agriculture Foundation Chief Economist Agustin Tejeda Rodriguez today for discussions on U.S. farm policy, trade policy, the corn sector and the basic structure of NCGA.
“As always, we are glad to welcome international visitors interested in learning about our nation’s agricultural industry,” said NCGA Vice President of Production and Utilization Paul Bertels. “The open discussions and productive dialogue provided an accurate, honest portrayal of American agriculture that will help further understanding of the policies and practices which impact U.S. corn farmers amongst top Argentine policy makers.”
Bertels and NCGA Director of Biotechnology and Economic Analysis Nathan Fields discussed the many similarities between the corn producing nations, including their shared support of further free trade for agricultural products. The meeting came as part of a larger tour during which Rodriguez is meeting with a variety of interests from U.S. trade officials in Washington to farmers allowing him to see firsthand planting on their farms.
“U.S. corn farmers benefit when we have open, honest communications with our international partners,” said Fields. “Visits such as this provide a chance to advance understanding of their industry, and the policies which impact it, abroad. America’s farmers benefit from working with other corn producing nations whether the activity be as small as open communications during a small group discussion or as large as the dialogues held through our MAIZALL Alliance with partners in Argentina and Brazil.”
This visit was part of an U.S. agricultural tour organized by the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program.