(Posted Tue. Jan 17th, 2012)

Jan. 17:  Members of the National Corn Growers Association’s top leadership departed on a mission to Brazil and Argentina today, where they will work with agricultural officials to discuss how the three corn exporting nations can work together to help meet the growing global demand for food, feed and fuel.


Along with representatives from the U.S. Grains Council, NCGA President Garry Niemeyer, First Vice President Pam Johnson and CEO Rick Tolman will join in high-level discussions on key issues including the importance of education on biotechnology and the role biofuels can play in the global energy market.


“Our counterparts in Brazil and Argentina face many similar challenges and, working together, we can magnify the effectiveness of our efforts to overcome them,” said Tolman.  “Demand for corn is growing and, while we may traditionally have viewed them as competitors, they are becoming cooperators as the demand for corn grows globally.  Today, our work coincides as we work together to help educate those outside of our industry in the amazing possibilities that corn offers.”


During the eight-day mission, the team will meet with representatives from the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural service based in these countries, Ministry of Agriculture leadership, presidential advisors, executives from the agricultural industry and agro-associations, and local farmers.  Additionally, they will tour ports, agro-industry lab facilities, and farms.