Chinese agriculture minister visits U.S. farms

by World Grain Staff
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WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S. — The Chinese Minister of Agriculture Han Changfu and members of his delegation visited U.S. Grains Council (USGC) Vice-Chairman Chip Councell’s farm Sept. 25 to see harvest firsthand and learn directly from Councell and his neighbors about how U.S. farmers plan, make decisions and produce their crops.

The tours included stops at Councell’s corn fields and produce stand, a ride on a combine harvesting soybeans and on-site explanations of how farmers effectively manage risk and use modern practices to increase productivity including no-till farming, nutrient management plans in the sensitive Chesapeake Bay watershed and seeds improved with biotechnology.

“We were excited to have such a rare opportunity to host Minister Han on the farm and in our region,” Councell said. “Having him and his staff here was a unique chance to not just talk about U.S. agriculture but to show it as it is happening. This type of visit makes our conversations about conservation, sustainability, biotechnology and food security come alive.”

Han and his staff also visited farms in Louisiana early in the week with Alan Tiemann USGC chairman, a farmer in Nebraska, and Tom Sleight USGC president and chief executive officer accompanying a group of corn and soybean farmers and industry representatives.
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