Foreign ag delegation embarks on Minnesota ag tour

Diplomats from more than 20 countries are kicking off a tour of Minnesota agriculture at the state capitol in St. Paul.

Ben Rau with USDA’s Foreign Ag Service says FAS and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture are hosting delegates representing every geographic area of the Western Hemisphere, Oceana, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

“The idea is to show them really the best of Minnesota (and) how is Minnesota dealing with different issues. We’re talking about sustainability, climate smart agriculture, production agriculture.”

He tells Brownfield there will be a great exchange of information as the tour unfolds.

“It’s also an opportunity for Minnesota companies, Minnesota farmers, Minnesota agribusiness executives, to make contacts with some people who are very key in the formulation of global agricultural policy.”

The tour will encompass several days and include a visit to Minnesota Soybean Growers Association vice president Darin Johnson’s farm near Wells.

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