The U.S. Grains Council says key members of Japan’s media traveled across the United States last week to learn about corn production, ethanol, and biotechnology. The members of Japan’s media came to learn how those topics fit into making U.S. farms sustainable. The tour started in St. Louis, where the team visited Monsanto to learn about the company’s effort to improve the productivity and sustainability of crop production. From there, the reporters traveled through Illinois visiting with farmers and the Illinois Corn Marketing Board to better understand how farmers are adopting technologies to increase production while using inputs more efficiently. Following those visits, the team met with the Illinois Renewable Fuels Association and also traveled to a CHS ethanol plant in Illinois.
The tour concluded on Friday with a visit to North Carolina State University. A Grains Council spokesperson says of the trip, “It is important to maintain a consistent dialogue with the people of Japan to assure them that U.S. farmers will be able to provide for their food and fuel needs sustainably.”
Source: NAFB News Service