Day 1 in Korea

March 13, 2010

The I-LEAD class’s ag adventure is in Korea underway, and we saw many slices of life Seoul on day 1:

1. Did you know:

* South Korea has lots of people and not much land. With 38,502 square miles, South Korea is slightly larger than Indiana.

* Cultivated land comprises 17% of South Korea’s land.

* The population of Seoul is 10 million.

* South Korea’s population density is the 3rd largest in the world. South Korea’s population density is 1,269 people per square mile. Seoul’s is 44, 776 people per square mile. Compare this to Iowa, at 52.4 people per square mile, on average.

* Our first stop: the Agricultural Exhibition Hall. This impressive museum tells the story through the eyes of the Korea’s Rural Development Agency. The Hall covered everything from high-density fruit culture to natural antibiotics for livestock from bee venom to chemical fertilizer reduction technology.

* Next we headed to the Korean Folk Village, which features historic homes (complete with thatched roofs) that showed how the Korean people used to live years ago. We also had an authentic Korean lunch here, and most of us were succesfulwith our chopsticks!

* The final stop of the day took us to a beef cattle farm about 2 hours from Seoul. We saw how DDGs were used in the ration and learned that this farm has carved out a niche with total mixed rations (TMR), even selling TMRs to other beef cattle producers. We calculated that each animal was worth $8,500 each.

On the way home, we also got to experience the amazing spectacle of a South Korean traffic–makes rural Iowa look even better!

First stop–Agricultural Exhibition Hall. This impressive, modern museum


I-LEAD Has Made It Safely to Seoul, South Korea

March 12, 2010

The team has made it safely to their hotel in South Korea.  They are preparing for a busy day to tomorrow with a tour of Korea’s Agricultural Exhibition Hall and Rural Development Administration, a tour of a Folk Village, and a visit to a Beef Cattle farm which conducted a DDGs feeding trial last year.


Thank you!

March 3, 2010

The I-LEAD class wishes to thank the following groups for supporting their international mission study:

Field of Dreams
$5,000 or More
Cenex Harvest States
Corporate Farmer Inc.
Fagen Inc. – Platinum Ethanol – Arthur, Iowa
Iowa Pork Producers Association
Pioneer – DuPont
Tri-Valley Bank
$2,000 to $4,999
Iowa Farm Bureau
Mauer Manufacturing
Big River Resources, LLC
Growing Plant
$750 to $1999
Ag Leader Technology
Ag Ventures Alliance
Farm Credit – Central Iowa
Green Products Co.
Morton Buildings
NuTech Seeds
Mershman Seeds
United Bank of Iowa
$750 and below
Ag Spectrum ~ CF Industries ~ Farm Bureau – Ida County ~ Grace Mayer Ins. Agency ~ Homeland Energy ~ Luana Savings Bank ~ Nau Insurance – Ramsey, MN ~ Pioneer Hi-Bred Intl. ~ Robinson Energy Efficient Products ~ Stutzman’s Inc. – Indian Creek Pork ~ Successful Farming ~ Waterstreet Solutions Agribusiness Solutions ~ Winneshiek County Corn Growers ~ Latta, Harris, Hanon, & Penningroth, LLP ~ Farm Bureau – Sac County ~ Farmers Cooperative Oil Co. ~ Ag Vantage FS ~ AGRILAND FS INC. ~ Eastern Iowa Light & Power ~ Farm Bureau – Calhoun County ~ Farm Bureau – O’Brien County ~ Farm Credit Services – Emmetsburg ~ Farmers Co-op Society – Sioux Center ~ Farmers Savings Bank & Trust – Vinton ~ Green Plains Renewable Energy ~ Hawkeye Gold ~ Investment Center, Inc. ~ ISU College of Ag and Life Sciences ~ Theisen’s Home Farm Auto ~ Max Yield Cooperative ~ O’Brien County Implement ~ Rain & Hail Insurance ~ Roach Ag ~ Stine Seed ~ Strategic Agri-Marketing ~ Vetter Equiment ~ Wallaces Farmer/Farm Progress Co. ~ Washington State Bank ~ Wyffels ~ Latham Seeds ~ Farm Bureau – Washington County ~ Two Rivers Bank & Trust ~ Liqui-Grow  ~ Black’s Farm Store – Primghar ~ Farm Bureau – Sioux County ~ Gang of Seven – Keith Hora, Dan Stadtmueller, Karol King, Keith Heffernan, Thurman Gaskill, Tom Dorr and Varel Bailey ~ Mingo Insurance ~ State Savings Bank – Baxter ~ United Western Coop ~ Northwestern Bank ~ Fayette County Corn Growers ~ Farm Bureau – Clayton County

The Countdown is on!

February 24, 2010

I-LEAD Class 4 will be leaving in two weeks for their journey abroad to South Korea and Vietnam.


Mission Trip Basics

January 8, 2010

Welcome to I-LEAD Class 4’s blog!  This blog will allow us to keep everyone up-to-date on mission preparation and the trip itself.

This I-LEAD class has targeted an ambitious mission to provide experience in assessing market potential and market barriers.  Class 4 will be visiting South Korea and Vietnam from March 11-22, 2010.  Class members will look at export market development for four of Iowa’s major agricultural products (corn, soybeans, pork, and beef) and develop an understanding of four key topics:

  • The dynamics of market development, comparing a newly emerging market to a more developed economy, and leading to an assessment of the next steps to expand each market’s demand for U.S. Ag exports;
  • Regulatory and trade policies affecting market development and export access;
  • Infrastructure constraints, shipping costs, and their effect on Iowa exports;
  • The outlook for increasing exports of select processed products (such as distillers grains) in South Korea and Vietnam.

I-LEAD Class 4 members who will be participating on the Mission Trip include:

  • Lowell Appleton, Sanborn
  • Neil Bouray, Randolph
  • Cathy Brown, Columbus Junction
  • Scott Brown, Columbus Junction
  • Will Cannon, Newton
  • Chris Clark, Ida Grove
  • Klint Cork, Galva
  • Devin Sutilly, Ames
  • Chris Edgington, St. Ansgar
  • Kurt Hora, Washington
  • Darcy Maulsby, Lake City
  • Cody McKinley, Ankeny
  • Todd Mikkelsen, Cedar Falls
  • Derek Prostine, Clarksville
  • Jason Robinson, Baxter
  • Michael Schon, Spencer
  • Suzanne Shirbroun, Farmersburg
  • Dustin Vande Hoef, Des Moines
  • Roger Vander Veen, Hartley
  • Chris Weydert, Algona