Buena Vista County Extension education director Rhonda Christensen recently took part in a study trip in Mexico as part of the Iowa State University/ MidAmerica International Agricultural Consortium.
The trip was designed to focus on the agricultural production and marketing of crops and livestock in Mexico, however those touring also harvested a better understanding of the often-misunderstood culture.
"What impressed me was the amount of education and research that occurs in Mexico agriculture. It kind of surprised me because we don't hear or see a lot about it. We were able to see some really neat places," Christensen said.
ISU seeks to help farmers and other stake holders in Iowa understand how global forces impact on agriculture. Mexico is the second largest trading partner of the U.S., and its status has a direct impact on the future of farms in Iowa, she said.
The MIAC was formed in 1977 to carry technical assistance, institution building, training and planning programs to developing countries.
Read the rest of this story in the 3/13 Pilot Tribune.