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Howell Farms Welcomes Japanese Trade Delegation

AgriNews highlighted a recent visit by a Japanese trade delegation to our headquarters in Middletown, IN. Follow the link after the quotes for the full article.

A member of USGC, Indiana Corn Marketing Council (ICMC) hosted the Hoosier leg of the tour. The delegation visited Howell Family Farms in Middletown, where co-owner David Howell said all farmers need to get involved in marketing.

"Japan is our largest customer of corn. They’ve been loyal for many years," he said. "It’s important we take time to visit and answer questions about GMO (genetically modified) and sustainability issues. It’s important that everybody be involved and willing to promote the product."

Howell’s corn goes to nearby ethanol plants and feed mills in the Southeast. "The corn products from our farm go to Japan in the form of pork, poultry and DDGs. We have way too much capacity in this country. The economics of farming drive us to produce more than domestic consumers need. Trade helps consume our product.

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