October 4, 2013
While it’s always been known as an agricultural powerhouse, Ukraine’s full potential has yet to be realized. Sadly, the prosperity that would normally accompany such progress seems unlikely to trickle down to the mass of native Ukrainians who have laid its foundation. The complex equation that will bear that out seems based in a government that still wields substantial centralized authority—authority it seems loathe to redistribute to its constituents, particularly those who live in rural areas.
October 3, 2013
Michigan Farm Bureau and GreenStone Farm Credit Services sponsored a study mission to Ukraine Sept. 7-16, 2013 to give Farm Bureau members a firsthand look at agricultural production in "the bread basket of the former Soviet Union" and reveal how Ukraine is transitioning to free market principles.
September 27, 2013
In just the past 20 years, Ukraine’s transformation from former Soviet republic to independent European state has charted a twisty but effective path toward the kind of free-market entrepreneurialism characteristic of The Western World. Central to that notion is the necessary evolution of what’s known generically as the “middle class”—a demographic stratum comprised of everyday people with an interest in bettering their lot by working toward always improving their position on the socioeconomic ladder.
September 20, 2013
It wasn’t apparent until day three, when they made their first foray into the Ukrainian countryside, that participants in the 2013 Ukraine Agriculture Study Mission could begin to grasp the dramatic polarity of the nation they’d been sent half-way around the globe to see. Its description in the itinerary made Agricore Holding sound as imposing as its name was opaque: 17,300 acres of pasture; 3,300 head of swine; 1,000 employees; and more than 3,200 head of beef cattle.
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