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Corn & Soybean Digest Editor Greg Lamp travels with a group of Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota and South Dakota soybean farmers to Hungary and Turkey to explore trade opportunities with Black Sea and Mediterranean markets. The goal was to build relationships and establish potential sales and supply lines to that part of the world, particularly for U.S. soybean meal. In these videos are some of the key players involved in the process.
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1. Greg Lamp, CSD, talks about the trade mission to the Black Sea.
2. Kirk Leeds, Executive Director, Iowa Soybean Association, explains why this trade mission to the Black Sea area was formed and what he hopes the group will take home for the experience.
3. Peter Mishek, president, Mishek Inc., explains the opportunities for U.S.
farmers to sell soy into Hungary by building relationships with livestock producers.
4. Ference Nemes (left), ag specialist from the Foreign Ag Service, and Rey Santella, ag attache from the U.S. Embassy, explain anti-biotech concerns in Hungary and Austria and what it means for those countries' farmers, and for American growers.
5. Michael Hawn, director of HR at Smithfield Foods, explains how Smithfield's hog operation expansion has progressed in Romania and where he expects it to grow in the future.
6. Ralph Gifford, Ag Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Istanbul, talks about biotech rules in Turkey and market opportunities for U.S. soybeans.
7. Sirri Kayhan, American Soybean Assn. country director for Turkey, gives us a birdseye view of the Bosphorus Strait, which container ships travel to the Black Sea. He also points out some of the important sights of Istanbul, home to 13 million people.
8. John Heisdorffer and Brian Kemp, Iowa Soybean Assn., talk about the value of trade in the Black Sea area. Plus, they give their impressions of how they see farmer challenges in both Hungary and Turkey.