Saturday, August 23, 2014

2014 Agribusiness Tour Kicks Off

Friday was a great day welcoming our Brazilian friends and kicking off the 2014 Agribusiness Tour!

Group at Meyer Agri-Air

After a slight delay in the flight arrival time a group of 12 Brazilians arrived in Iowa.  We welcomed them with a hardy lunch at Famous Dave's BBQ and then made our way to the hotel. After getting settled we loaded up and made our way to the Wellsburg area where we toured the facilities and operations at Meyer Agri-Air. Meyer Agri-Air covers a 17 county area in Iowa providing an aerial spraying service for the past 20 years.  They primarily utilize planes due to greater efficiency, but also have a helicopter for smaller fields and fields with wind turbines.

Following our time at Meyer Agri-Air we made our way to the Morrison Inn for a nice dinner.  After dinner we traveled to Dave Grunklee's (professor at Hawkeye Community College) home.  We inspected corn and soybean fields and shared production practices and challenges.  It was a great first day.  On this rainy Saturday the group will travel to Tassel Ridge Winery to go through the production process, before enjoying an afternoon of shopping at the Tanger Outlet Mall.

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