CFB has been lucky to host several international visitors in the past few weeks. In August, visitors from the UK met with industry participants at the CFB Center to discuss future bilateral trade and outline the future of Brexit and its impacts around the world. At the table were other important representatives from Colorado agriculture including the Colorado Department of Agriculture, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Colorado Corn as well as farmers and ranchers representing beef, millet, corn, wheat and much more.
In September, CFB hosted Mr. Mike Peterson from the Special Agricultural Trade Envoy from New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, for a visit to the CFB Center and Arnusch Farms, LLC. Representatives from the New Zealand Embassy in Washington, D.C. and from Beef + Lamb New Zealand were present as well. In the evening, CFB staff treated the group to a Colorado Rockies game too!
Later in September, Jorn Ehlers, Vice President of Landvolk Niedersachsen (the Lower Saxony farmers association) and his wife Maren Ehlers, visited the CFB office to talk about agriculture issues facing Colorado farmers and ranchers.
CFB staff participated in the German-American Chamber of Commerce’s Agricultural Symposium to share ideas and hear about the status of U.S. and German agriculture.
Comparing these different perspectives is a great way to provide context and share new ideas. There are many similar issues that our different countries face when it comes to food production. These meetings help foster new ideas, make new friends, and remind us that agriculture is agriculture, regardless of what country is doing the producing.