(Indianapolis) – Sept. 25, 2018 – Today, Indiana Farm Bureau hosted officials from Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia at the INFB home office. The visiting delegates in attendance represented the Hungarian Chamber of Agriculture, the Agrarian Chamber of the Czech Republic, the National Council of Agricultural Chambers in Poland, and the Slovakian Chamber of Agriculture and Food. A memorandum of understanding between all parties was signed during the event.
(Signing from left to right are Jan Dolezal (representing the Agrarian Chamber of the Czech Republic), Miroslaw Borowski (representing the National Council of Agricultural Chambers in Poland), Randy Kron (Indiana Farm Bureau President), Balázs Györffy (representing the Hungarian Chamber of Agriculture) and Oliver Siatkovky (representing the Slovakian Chamber of Agriculture and Food).
“We were honored to host our guests from central Europe. Our meeting was a great exercise in relationship-building and will hopefully foster new growth opportunities for the agricultural communities represented,” said Randy Kron, INFB president. “This memorandum of understanding will be mutually beneficial to all parties involved.”
The memorandum of understanding signed by the delegates strives to establish and strengthen cooperation between the parties through mutually beneficial practices. Among these is exchanging experiences on good farming practices, transferring knowledge on the development of new technologies and deepening bilateral relations to promote the interests of our farmers.
With the current trade climate, a key goal is to develop relationships that could lead to bilateral and multilateral agricultural and food exports and imports between the parties. The implementation of these goals will be achieved through the exchange of information and data, exchange visits of experts and delegations, and participation in joint seminars and meetings.
“Farmers in Indiana are dealing with a lot of uncertainty when it comes to trade. We have been dealing with the effects of tariffs for several months with no end in sight,” Kron said. “Any time Indiana Farm Bureau can work to collaborate with other countries to increase the visibility of our agricultural products, we must seize that opportunity.”
About Indiana Farm Bureau: Since 1919, Indiana Farm Bureau (INFB) has protected the livelihood, land, equipment, animals and crops of Hoosier farmers. It is the state’s largest general farm organization and a farmer’s strongest advocate. INFB works diligently to ensure a farmer’s right to farm, because agriculture is so vital to Indiana’s economy. Learn more at INFB.org.