Agriculture Delegation From Belarus to Visit Valley City During North Star Classic


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CITY, N.D. ( – A ten person delegation from Belarus will be visiting North Dakota feedlots, dairy farms and processing facilities this week to learn more about the animal agriculture.

Duane Hauck is the President of Mid America Consultants International. He said the delegation will visit several facilities including this year’s North Star Classic cattle and sales shows on Friday in Valley City.

The Belarus delegation will visit the Swenson Ranch near Walcott and the Qual Dairy farm near Lisbon on Tuesday.

They’ll be at the Northern Crops Expo and tour the Cass-Clay Creamery in Fargo on Wednesday.

On Thursday, the delegation will visit the Van Bedaf dairy farm near Carrington and the Amundson cow/calf feedlot near Jamestown.

On Friday, they’ll be at the North Star Classic cattle and sales show in Valley City. Hauck talked about the focus of the visit with reporter Steve Urness.

The following is a news released by Duane Hauck, a retired NDSU Extension educator who is hosting the delegation.

“This is the second group from the Mogilev Region in Belarus hosted by MACI. The first group, consisting of four farm managers who visited in June of 2017. “The first group was really impressed with the genetic quality of our cattle and the management abilities of our private producers” says Hauck. The second group includes farm mangers, livestock breeding service managers, processing managers and Ministry of Agriculture representatives. “Most of their farms are large, diversified, state owned farms that usually include processing” says Hauck. The group will also tour NDSU Livestock Research facilities, and attend the Northern Crops Expo in Fargo and the North Star Classic in Valley City. “MACI tries to give international groups like this a complete picture of how agriculture is supported here in the United States. This usually includes visits with Ag research and extension activities, commodity and livestock organizations, processors and suppliers along with visits to farms and ranches. Hauck said, one goal is to increase exports.”

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