Indiana farm families have a lot in common with farm families in China. That is what Isabella Chism with Indiana Farm Bureau discovered while on the recent trade mission with Indiana Lt. Governor Becky Skillman. The Howard County farmer and 2nd VP of Indiana Farm Bureau said she found she had a lot in common with the farmers she met during her week in China, “They have the same interests for their people as we do for ours.” She added the Chinese leaders were trying to establish their place in the world economy while safeguarding and providing for their farm families.
She told HAT the Chinese farm leaders were very interested in the Farm Bureau organization and how it benefits farmers, “They were especially interested in our structure and asked me a lot about our grassroots programs.” She said, given the nature of Chinese society and their governmental structure, interest in a grassroots organizations was surprising, “They were very open about their limits and what they can do on the local level up to a certain point.”
Chism said there is a great deal of interest in China about Indiana farm products including hardwoods, popcorn, pork, and even turkey feathers. She said this trade mission helped foster relationships that will have benefits for Indiana agriculture well into the future, “I believe it is in building relationships that we grow an understanding and respect.” She said farmers in China and Indiana have the same goal of a unified message about the importance of agriculture and rural communities.
Hear the entire interview with Isabella Chism on the Farm Bureau page.
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