2013 IFBF Market Study Tour

3/11/2013 10:33:53 AM

2013 IFBF Market Study Tour - Black Sea Area of Eastern Europe

June 22, 2013 - July 4, 2013 (Tentative Date)

Ukraine, Odesa Seaport, Romania, Bucharest Among Areas Featured on the Black Sea Region of Eastern Europe Market Study Trip

Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) farmers have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take part in an intensive educational experience of the Black Sea region of Eastern Europe, in order to learn about the challenges and potential market competition for Iowa’s agricultural products.   The IFBF Black Sea Market Study Tour group will visit farmers, ag business, government officials and citizens of Urkraine, Moldova and Romania to learn more about the culture and customs that are shaping the region’s farming and ag policies.

 “We’ve chosen the Black Sea region for our organization’s first exclusive trade and education tour, because it’s an emerging competitive market for Iowa corn, soybeans and livestock production.  For example, corn production in Ukraine has gone from 2.5 million metric tons to over 20 metric tons in just a decade; that’s a 1,000 percent increase and there is more to come.  This region has the right soil types and natural resources to be competitive to Iowa farming commodities in the not-too-distant future.  This region is located strategically near growth markets of Africa and the Middle East, so that is also an interest to Iowa farmers who understand the importance of trade issues and being competitive in a global market,” says Dave Miller, IFBF director of research and commodity services. 

The 2013 IFBF Market Study Tour is tentatively scheduled for June 22-July 3rd.  Since space is limited, the trip is exclusive to IFBF members and applications
need to be submitted before March 31st.  Members chosen for the Black Sea Study Tour will be required to fund $1,500 of the trip, (approximately one-third of the cost), to have a valid passport through December of 2014 and to give a minimum of four post-trip presentation to local, county, district or state venues.  “This is a knowledge share trip and so a willingness to ‘give back’ to fellow Iowans is a must.  Also, since the tour region is also across vigorous terrain, the applicant must also be in excellent health,” said Miller. 


 All applicants must:
1. Be a member of good standing of Iowa Farm Bureau Federation
2. *Fund $1,500 of trip costs (approximately one-third of the total cost of the trip)
3. Be in excellent health.  If selected, you will be asked to sign a health release for international travel.
4. Be willing and able to show or obtain at your own cost
    - A U.S. passport valid through December 2014
    - Participate in a half-day pre-trip briefing
    - Give a minimum of 4 post-trip presentations to local, county, district and/or state venues.
    - Inform others about and offer future leadership on issues related to infrastructure, international trade, trade policy and trends, agricultural exports, etc.

* Note: The remaining two-thirds will be funded by IFBF.  Since this is an IFBF program, no county Farm Bureau finances will be used to fund the trip.


Selection Process:

Participants will be selcted based upon their applications and using the following criteria:
1. Leadership qualifications or initiative including leadership in Farm Bureau and other agricultural and community organizations. (Past, present and future.)
2. Ability to communicate verbally and in writing, and
3. Demonstrated willingness to "give back" to Iowa producers, commercial and other organizations, etc. through oral and written presentations on your Market Study Tour experience.



Application deadline is March 31, 2013
. To download an application click an option: PDF Application / Microsoft Word Application