KIMT News 3 – One area group is taking in the sites and sounds of Beijing to learn how the country handles it’s agricultural systems.
Iowa Farm Bureau members are planning the trip to Beijing as part of their China Market Study Tour.
Those with the Iowa Farm Bureau say as the world’s fastest-growing middle class, china holds the key to market demand of Iowa’s corn, soybeans, and pork.
By getting a chance to see these markets at work, farmers will be more poised to handle one of the most lucrative but challenging markets in the world.
“We need to look at not only our competitors but we need to look at our markets and understand what the future demand may look like. This year it’s China, next year we may likely do another study, but it’s gaining a better understanding. Then the real test is when these folks come back and have an opportunity to share their experience,” said David Miller, Director of Commodities and Research for the Iowa Farm Bureau.
Only Farm Bureau members will are invited to take part in the trip.
For more information on the IFB China Market Study Tour or to complete an application, visit the IFB website at: www.iowafarmbureau.com
Applications must be submitted by February 28.
“It’s another thing to experience what the countryside is really like and what the people are like. By meeting them, greeting them. That cultural understanding is an important piece of understanding the economics of how China works,” said Miller.