Japan Grain Representatives Visit Indiana to Learn about Corn Production
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Oct. 23, 2014) — Indiana Corn Marketing Council hosted a Japanese trade delegation last week to highlight the state’s corn production and processing capabilities. The delegation’s visit was organized through the U.S. Grains Council with the goal of strengthening trade relationships with international trade partners.
“We are honored to host the Japanese delegation and show them the bounty Indiana has to offer in terms of grain,” said Ronnie Mohr, a farmer-director on the Indiana Corn Marketing Council whose family hosted the delegation on their Greenfield, Ind. farm. “Indiana offers a quality product and we think the delegation saw evidence of that during their visit to our farm.”
The U.S. Grains Council hosted the delegation in the United States to see firsthand U.S. corn production and supply, and the current corn crop quality. The delegation was composed of 11 Japanese corn processing, feed and corn trade industries.
The team received updates and discussed the advantages of U.S. corn from major production areas of the United States and met with companies involved in production, quality testing and exports of U.S. corn to Japan. The team also participated in Export Exchange 2014 to enhance the general knowledge on U.S. feed grains.
The United States grew 13.9 billion bushels of corn in 2013 and roughly 11 percent of production was exported to more than 100 different countries. Among them, Japan was one of the largest importers of U.S. corn.
While in Indiana, the Japanese delegation met with Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Ted McKinney. They also toured two farms, as well as visited a commercial grain facility and other agricultural businesses.
The Indiana Corn Marketing Council was established by the Indiana General Assembly to promote the interest of corn growers in the state and manage corn checkoff funds. The Council is composed of 17 voting producer directors and seven appointed industry, and government representatives. For more information, visit www.incorn.org.
This communication was funded with corn checkoff dollars.