(Posted Tue. Aug 28th, 2018)
Last week, the National Corn Growers Association hosted a Chinese agricultural delegation for an informative presentation and discussions about the U.S. corn crop, the association’s programs and an overview of the U.S. agricultural environment in relation to biotechnology, advanced breeding techniques and market opportunities. The group, organized by Bayer, included this year’s Chinese Academy of Sciences Fellows, who specialize in areas from functional genomics to characterizing novel circadian components in plants.
“While NCGA hosts a number of teams interested in biotechnology and the corn crop outlook, this breadth of topics in which this team showed interest was somewhat unique,” said NCGA Director of Market Development Jim Bauman. “Working together, our staff was able to provide them with insight into a number of sectors which influence U.S. corn production and markets.”
Following an in-depth examination of NCGA’s history, mission and structure, the team had an opportunity to examine U.S. harvest conditions in 2018, the role regulations impact market access and the work NCGA does to increase consumer trust in innovative agricultural products.
NCGA staff participating in the event included Bauman, Senior Communications Manager Cathryn Wojcicki and Market Development Manager Sarah McKay.