JUNE 2015


(Posted Tue. Jun 23rd, 2015)

The National Corn Growers Association shared insight into the U.S. seed and agricultural industries with a group of 27 Turkish seed association representatives arranged by the Consulate General of Turkey in Chicago’s Trade Commission. The group, which was arranged by an exploratory delegation NCGA hosted this spring, discussed how the U.S. seed industry functions, the role of biotechnology in U.S. agriculture, state seed certification procedures and the association’s interaction with all parts of the value chain.  


“NCGA has worked with this group since the development-stage of the tour to ensure they gain a clear, accurate view of American agriculture,” said NCGA Vice President of Production and Sustainability Paul Bertels. “We hope these executives with a better understanding of the incredible benefits and proven safety of biotechnology as well as a clearer view of the incredible variety of planting choices U.S. farmers enjoy.”


In addition to Bertels, Director of Biotechnology and Economic Analysis Nathan Fields, Director of Research and New Uses Dr. Richard Vierling and Director of Development Joe Hodes also represented NCGA in these discussions. The officials organizing the group work with the Sub Union of Seed Industrialists and Producers, Turkey’s seed industry trade association. During their tour later, they will also visit both small and large seed producers to gain firsthand knowledge of the U.S. system.


Earlier in the day Monday, NCGA hosted representatives from 21 countries at its St. Louis office, who were participants in the Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program.


This program helps international ag leaders examine U.S. policies and programs related to agricultural trade, food safety and sustainable agriculture; analyze the political, social, environmental, and economic forces that influence U.S. agricultural trade policies; explore how U.S. food commodities are regulated and marketed, from farm- to- table and for international export; and examine how federal, regional and local programs for agricultural research, inspection, trade promotion and resource conservation help ensure U.S. agricultural competitiveness in the global marketplace.