Last week while most of the Illinois Corn Growers Association board and staff were in Washington, DC, a couple of our members were in the European Union to learn more about our trading partners there.
Themes for the mission varied. The group discussed a sustainability certification program that some of our farmer leaders and Illinois ethanol plants have participated in so that they can export to the EU.
They also touched on topics ranging from animal welfare regulations to biotechnology to ethanol imports. Like the United States, the EU is also creating a new version of its “farm bill” (CAP 2013), so they discussed the expected effects of each on agricultural trade and production.