NCGA leadership members have headed to Brazil and Argentina this week on a mission to work with agricultural officials, discussing how the three corn exporting nations can work together to help meet the growing global demand for food, feed and fuel.
NCGA President Garry Niemeyer, First Vice President Pam Johnson, CEO Rick Tolman and representatives from the U.S. Grains Council will join discussions on key issues including the importance of education on biotechnology and the role biofuels can play in the global 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.