NCAT Midwest Regional Office staff had the unique opportunity to meet with a small delegation from the European Union who were visiting Iowa in mid-July. The five representatives of Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Latvia, and Romania visited Washington, DC, and Central Iowa through a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. They are professionals in the fields of EU and International Agricultural Affairs, Agricultural Economics, Rural Development and International and National Meat Associations. Their two-week program focused on the agricultural aspects of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) agreement, currently under negotiation between the U.S. and European Union.
We presented a short program on NCAT, our ATTRA program, and farm to school efforts here, including FoodCorps. The group was very interested in NCAT’s ATTRA services and asked a number of questions about sustainable and organic agriculture, soil and water conservation, solar energy, poultry processing and health issues related to food. Other Iowa organizations the group selected to visit included the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, the Farm Bureau and DuPont Pioneer. Their Iowa visit was hosted by the Iowa International Center.