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VIPP Chinese Ministry of Agriculture training featured by Michigan Farm Bureau News

Published: Monday, 20 Nov 2017
Author: VIPP
Department: Visiting International Professional Program

VIPP's workshop for Chinese Ministry of Agriculture was featured by Michigan Farm Bureau's media. We recently hosted 19 Chinese delegates from the Ministry of Agriculture for a training on Agricultural Emergency Management for two weeks. On Wednesday Nov. 15, 2017, delegates visited Michigan Farm Bureau and went on a guided tour at the Michigan Milk Producers Association Plant in Ovid, Michigan. They looked around butter and dry milk operation facilities to learn about food safety from the testing of milk to the final processing stage. They also learned about organizational structures that are put in place in case of emergency situations. VIPP thanks to Michigan Farm Bureau for hosting us and covering our visit on their news media! View the video here.


Photo courtesy of MIchigan Farm Bureau News: VIPP participants touring the Michigan Milk Producers Association (MMMA) Ovid plant.

Photo courtesy of MIchigan Farm Bureau News: The delegation was welcomed by Michigan Farm Bureau President Carl Bednarski. MFB staff spoke to the group on food security issues from farm to table and about the structure of the organization. 

To read the full article by Michigan Farm News, click here.

In addition to the Michigan Farm Bureau visit, Chinese Ministry of Agriculture delegates enjoyed a visit to MSU Kellogg Biological Station (KBS). Dr. Sven Bohm, the information manager for KBS Long-Term Ecological Research, demonstrated how drones are used at KBS for monitoring the crop yields and environmental outcomes. 

The group also met MSU President Lou Anna Simon at Breslin Student Events Center by chance! She personally provided a tour at Gilbert Pavilion/ Tom Izzo Hall of History which just opened on October 20, 2017. The Gilbert Pavilion provides a grand entrance to the Jack Breslin Student Events Center to honor the success of both the men's and women's basketball programs. The group felt the importance of college sports in American university culture and Spartan pride. They learned about MSU's Men's Basketball Team and head coach Tom Izzo's achievements and leadership. 

Dezhi Mao, Director of Agriculture Emergency Management Office in China Ministry of Agriculture posed with MSU President Lou Anna Simon at the Breslin Center. 

Chinese delegates from the Ministry of Agriculture met MSU President Lou Anna Simon during a campus tour.