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Brad KinsingerBremer HallHawkeye Community College1501 East Orange RdP.O. Box 8015Waterloo, IA 50704-8015
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I wanted to share an overview with all on the ways of Danish Agriculture. There are some similarities between agriculture in the U.S. and Denmark, but there are many differences. The farmers collaborate in many ways in Denmark. Farmers meet often to share production practices that will benefit all and often purchase inputs or sell products together. The cooperative system is huge and farmers have ownership in all aspects of Danish Agriculture. The average farm size in Denmark is 160 acres and in order to be a farmer you must have a degree in farm management.
South America is a major player in world soybean production and is continuing to grow. Just last year Brazil past the U.S. in soybean production for the first time. This article discusses the outlook of soybeans in South America and the affects on markets.
It was great to travel to Denmark last week and meet with Henrik and Ove of the Green Academy to set-up a study abroad experience for Ag Educators for June of 2014! Ag Educators look for more details coming soon. The final day I was in Denmark took us to the Danish Agricultural Advisory Service and planning time for upcoming exchanges and collaboration. Here is a photo of Ove, Henrik, and myself after a hard days work!
Today was a great day in Denmark! We started off the day by discussing the programs at Green Academy and the Global Agriculture Learning Center at Hawkeye Community College. From there we toured the Horticulture Campus. Green Academy's campus is truly a working laboratory inside and out. After our tour we returned to discuss the Danish education system. Our last activity before lunch was a tour of the college farm. There was everything from crop production to cattle to snakes!
It has been a crazy two days of traveling, but it is great to be in Denmark sharing ideas and information with Ove and Henrik of Green Academy. I am here finalizing plans for our Ag Educator Academy study abroad opportunity coming up in June of 2014!
Linked below is an article dealing with the export of beef and pork for the U.S. to a variety of destinations around the globe. Some have just welcomed meat from the U.S. while others have recently blocked it or have for sometime. Read the linked article below and discuss points.
The Philippines may have their first GMO crop coming there way commercially by 2016, but it does not come without opposition. The linked article talks about a genetically modified rice variety enriched with vitamin A as well as the challenges that researchers have faced while growing test fields.
This past week marked the first time that the U.S. has sent a shipment of sorghum to China. China has turned to sorghum as a feed ingredient to replace other feed ingredients. Read the article linked below for more details.
From the title you can tell it was an interesting third and final day of the Borlaug Dialogue at the World Food Prize. All sessions were extremely informative with lots to be learned, but as we approached the session on GMO's (genetically modified organisms) the room was bursting with attendees and a wall had to be removed to handle overflow. Below is a summary of dialogues held on the final day of the Borlaug Dialogue. Once again...use this to start your own dialogue!
Today was a great second day at the Borlaug Dialogue at the World Food Prize. Tomorrow will wrap up the Borlaug Dialogue and Saturday will be the final day of the Global Youth Institute. Today was a day full of captive speakers. While we stuck with the theme of "Agriculture is Sexy," the other reoccuring theme of the day was we need to keep things simple and focus on one thing at a time, along with the key role partnerships play in feeding our world. Below are the areas that were covered today with some points from them to start dialogue in your schools and communities.
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