BCI Hosts International Agribusiness Program

By Audrey Hambright


The BCI hosted a group of 22 international industry professionals on August 28th.

The Beef Cattle Institute was host to a special group of guests at the Kansas Department of Agriculture in late August. The Special American Business Internship Training (SABIT) Agribusiness program, consisting of a delegation of 22 industry specialists from Eurasia, made a stop on their tour across the United States to hear from top beef industry experts.

The following presentations were made which led to active discussion:

  • Dr. Bob Larson: Description of the U.S. Cattle Herd
  • Dr. Brad White: Overview of the Beef Cattle Institute including strategic focus areas, production decision tools, big data analytics and overall objectives
  • Dr. Bob Weaber, department of animal science: U.S. Beef Value Chain

Participants of SABIT’s Agribusiness program aim to gain a comprehensive understanding of the agribusiness industry in the United States. From the program, participants will be better equipped to improve the agribusiness industry in their home countries.

Justyna Swica, international trade specialist for the U.S. Department of Commerce, who was on tour with the group, said the BCI was one of the main draws to Manhattan, Kansas.

“The Beef Cattle Institute was one of the main draws in bringing this Eurasian agribusiness delegation to Manhattan, Kansas as a number of the delegates were specifically interested in improving their cattle operations,” she said. “This was a very productive meeting during which the delegates received practical information on cattle herd management, breeding and nutrition, which they could potentially apply in their own countries. They also remarked at the high level of productivity and sophistication of American beef cattle operations.”

The program began August 13, 2016 in Washington D.C. and continued across to the country to meet with leading U.S. firms, manufacturers, local government, academia and other industry representatives.

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