by | Mar 7, 2022

Chinese Agriculture Officials Visit with Kentucky Grain Producers and End Users

Chinese Embassy delegation visited with Sanderfur Farm and KyCorn Executive Director Laura Knoth in Hartford.

KyCorn and the Tennessee Corn Growers hosted a China Embassy team earlier this month to facilitate conversation about American grain production, transportation, and end use. The trade mission was accompanied by the U.S. Grains Council.

Representatives from the Washington D.C. office of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) visited several farms in western Kentucky.

Tyson and Laura Sanderfur of Sanderfur Farm in Hartford spoke to the group about on-farm grain handling and storage. Josh Lancaster with L. Hust Farms in Slaughters discussed agronomic planning. KyCorn president Joseph Sisk provided a stop in Christian County to discuss environmental priorities, and Alana Baker of River Bend Farms in Cadiz provided the team a glimpse of cattle farming and discussed family farm transition.

Chinese delegates Agriculture Counselor Jiao Dian, and her colleagues An Xiao, Xu Gaoheng, also met with Daviess County ANR extension agent Clint Hardy and enjoyed a tour of Green River Distillery in Owensboro, where Yellow Banks Straight Bourbon Whiskey is made.

“The team thoroughly enjoyed the farm tours and the discussions with the producers,” remarked Stella Qian, US Grains Council Manager of Global Ethanol Market Development. “Visits like these help to enhance the agriculture trade relationship between U.S. and China, which contributes to increased profitability for U.S. agriculture.”

Several more stops were made in Tennessee, including a visit with Tosh Farms.

Above, Joseph Sisk talks with the delegation about soil conservation on his Christian County farm. Below, they met with Alana Baker Dunn with River Bend Farm in Cadiz.

Chinese Embassy delegation, KyCorn staff, and Clint Hardy with Master Distiller Jacob Call at Green River Distilling Co. A room is dedicated to show the Yellow Banks Bourbon partnership with KyCorn.

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