(Posted Tue. Aug 5th, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association hosted a team interested in U.S. agricultural trade and food safety today for discussions on the role of research and biotechnology in U.S. agriculture. In addition to the broader overall discussion, NCGA staff answered policy questions related to U.S. public policy in regards to food as well as inquiries about sustainability efforts.


“We are always glad to welcome international delegations seeking to better understand farming in the United States,” 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 certainly be amplified as the visitors share their perspective back home.”


The delegation included representatives from Australia, Belgium, Costa Rica, Croatia, Ghana, Hungary, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Poland, Serbia and Uzbekistan.


“U.S. corn farmers benefit when we have open, honest communications with our international partners,” said Bertels. “Visits such as this provide a chance to advance understanding of their industry abroad. America’s farmers have an incredible story to tell. By working toward continuous improvement on their farms and cooperatively moving toward shared goals, they have created a unique industry that sparks interest around the world.”


Team members present included Citrus Australia CEO Judith Damiani, European Commission Health and Consumers Directorate-General Second National Expert Biotechnology Policy Officer Pablo Pindado Carrion, Costa Rica Ministry of Health official Alejandra Chaverri Esquivel, SEEDEV consultant Nemanja Teofilovic, Ghana Food and Drug Authority Senior Regulatory Officer Yvonne Miguela Osei, Hungary Ministry of Agriculture Department of Agri-Economics Analyst Livia Kranitz, Japan Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare Deputy Director Yumi Kisaka, M.D., Malaysia Ministry of Health Food Safety and Quality Division Senor Assistant Director Faiza Binti Ismail, Mexico State Science and Technology Council Food Technology Consultant Laura Almanza Rios, Poland Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Department of International Cooperation Deputy Director Monika Tyska, and Uzbekistan Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources Projects Implementation Center Director Abdurazak Khujabekov.


This visit was part of an U.S. agricultural tour organized by the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program.