(Posted Wed. Oct 23rd, 2013)
Oct. 23: Yesterday, the National Corn Growers Association hosted a Chinese agricultural delegation for a morning of informative presentations and discussions about the U.S. corn crop, agricultural associations and the seed and biofuels industries. The group, organized by Monsanto, included officials from China’s Seed Bureau, Ministry of Agriculture and 16 officials from provincial seed administration stations.
“While NCGA hosts a number of teams interested in biotechnology and the corn crop outlook, this breadth of topics in which this team showed interest was somewhat unique,” said NCGA Marketing Manager Joe Hodes. “Working together, our staff was able to provide them with insight into a number of sectors which influence U.S. corn production and markets.”
Team members initially requested this meeting in order to gain a better understanding of how agricultural organizations benefit farmers. Following a in-depth examination of NCGA’s history, mission and structure, they also had an opportunity to examine U.S. harvest conditions in 2013, the role corn plays in the U.S. biofuels industry and to take a comprehensive look at the U.S. corn seed industry.
“U.S. corn farmers benefit when we work with international partners to advance understanding of their industry abroad,” said NCGA Director of Biotechnology and Economic Analysis Nathan Fields. “They have an incredible story to tell. Using cutting edge technology and with an eye toward continuous improvement, America’s farmers grow a more abundant crop using fewer resources than ever before. By opening our industry for the world to see, we build relationships that open markets and increase opportunities on farms across the country.”