Preparing for a mission to the European Union involving corn farmers from Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska. The mission, which is being coordinated by the U.S. Grains Council, runs from March 17-26, 2012, and takes the team to The Netherlands, Germany and Hungary. During the mission, the team will visit with representatives of the beef and pork industries (arranged in part by the U.S. Meat Export Federation), biofuels, policy makers, seed corn production, grain handling, and other areas.
Some key issues to be discussed with these audiences will include animal welfare regulations, biotechnology, ethanol imports, and sustainability regulations. Like the United States, the EU is also creating a new version of its "farm bill" (CAP 2013), so we expect conversation on the expected effects of each on agricultural trade and production.
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