Michigan farmers do business in a global marketplace, so it makes sense that they visit other countries to learn:
International agricultural study tours are made possible by Michigan Farm Bureau and the Michigan Foundation for Agriculture.
The tours are neither trade mission nor sightseeing junket. Rather, each tour develops a unique itinerary and scope based on interaction with host farms and counterpart agricultural organizations, industry representatives and government officials. Along the way, tour participants evaluate potential market opportunities and competition, evaluate their peers' adaptation of technology and consider each nation's take on farm and food policy.
Past destinations have included Brazil and Chile in 2000, Mexico the following year, China in 2002, Australia in 2005, several European Union countries in 2006, Argentina in 2008, Ukraine in 2013 and Germany and Belgium in 2015.
Michigan Farm Bureau and GreenStone Farm Credit Services is sending a select group of farmers and agriculture industry leaders on a study tour to New Zealand June 9-21, 2017.