Continuing its mission to create and increase opportunities for corn producers, the National Corn Growers Association met with three international groups this week to promote the organization and its goals.

On Tuesday, NCGA staff in Washington, D.C., held meetings with Australian agricultural ministers and livestock interests and Colombian agriculture ministers to discuss trade and ethanol. On Wednesday, NCGA staff in St. Louis met with two delegates from the Japanese External Trade Organization.

Jon Doggett, NCGA vice president of public policy, said it is important to enhance relationships with international groups.

"Part of the reason we have the NCGA is for us to exchange ideas and experiences with agricultural interests around the world so we understand one another a lot better," said Doggett. "These meetings provide NCGA a good opportunity to listen to their concerns and for us to express ours. Developing these relationships establishes good partnerships for the future as well."

Additional information and photos from the meetings are online.

SOURCE: NCGA news release.