A carefully selected roster of farmers from across the state has been chosen to take part in this year’s Ag Leadership Exchange trip to the land of gauchos, pampas and Malbec. Eight Farm Bureau members next month will join key staff and a contingent from Michigan Corn Growers Association for a busy week visiting agricultural sites in Argentina.
MFB and Corn Growers are jointly sponsoring the study mission March 8-14.
County Farm Bureaus nominated more than 25 members for the eight coveted spots, including many outstanding ProFILE participants. These members were chosen to go:
Documenting the trip from the MFB staff will be Public Policy Division Director Sarah Black, Field Crop Specialist Theresa Sisung and videographer Aaron Boak.
Michigan Corn Growers is sending its Outreach Manager Claire White and 10 participants from its MI CENT program:
The preliminary itinerary begins with an overview of
Argentinian agriculture from officials at the U.S. Embassy in Buenos
Aires, then dives into tours of a crop and beef farm near Pergamino
and a seed corn processing plant near Venado
In Rosario, a key inland port situated on the Paraná River, the group will visit key grain storage and transshipment facilities, then visit the board of trade for an in-depth look at the region’s powerhouse grain industry.
Participants will also experience ExpoAgro, the nation’s largest farm show, to see how South and North American machinery and field demonstrations differ before heading back to Buenos Aires and the return trip home.
Members will be sharing their experiences selected for the trip have agreed to make at least three post-trip presentations to share their experience. They’d make excellent programs for a county board meeting, annual meeting or other special program.
Watch Farm Gate for further coverage of the trip, including how to keep tabs on participants in real time via social media.