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The Iowa Chinese in Agriculture (ICIA), a non-profit and volunteer-based 501(c)3 organization, was established in 2006. ICIA members consist of professionals in research, education, production, and business in agriculture across Iowa. ICIA’s mission is to provide a platform to serve our local communities and to organize Chinese culture related events/activities to improve member’s after-work life (and at-work life). ICIA also to foster a favorable environment for attracting, retaining, and motivating world  class agricultural professionals to work in Iowa.

ICIA Hosts Welcome Reception Dinner for China Seed Industry Delegation PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 17 December 2012 18:07

Iowa Chinese in Agriculture (ICIA) hosted a welcome reception dinner for China Seed Industry Delegation of 52 members at the Embassy Club in downtown Des Moines on November 28, 2012.  The dinner room was on 34 floors of Ruan Center so the guests were able to overlook the Des Moines’s night scenery.  Both China and American flags on the upper room wall in front of lectern enhanced the collaborating atmosphere among over 100 attendees’ hearts.  The primary purposes of hosting this event were to increase the ICIA visibility and provide a platform for scientific exchange and social networking among US and Chinese agricultural professionals.

The delegation was led by China National Seed Association (CNSA).  The CNSA, founded in 1980, is located in Beijing and consists of more than 600 companies.  The delegation was comprised of 52 members representing 31 Chinese seed companies.  The delegates represented the major driving force in China to cooperate with US seed companies.

Bing-Bing Wang, president of Iowa Chinese in Agriculture, began the dinner with a welcome remark and introduced keynote speakers and guests including Jun Yang, vice-president of CNSA, Shihuang Zhang, Senior director & Professor from China Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), Shi Liu, Senior Consultant & Visiting professor of China Agriculture University, Mengyu Zhang, Industry and Business Affairs Lead of DuPont Pioneer China, Jay Johnson, Iowa Deputy Secretary of Iowa Agriculture, Joseph Rude, Director of International Trade, Iowa Economic Development Authority, David Maahs, Executive Vice President of The Greater Des Moines Partnership, Debbie Franklin, International Trade Center Director, Iowa Small Business Development Centers.

Keynote speaker, Jay Johnson commented that this was quite an honor to have such a high ranking delegation of agricultural officials and business leaders from China here in Iowa.  He also sent Secretary Bill Northey’s warmest welcome and sincere appreciation for the delegation visiting Iowa and its willingness to be such wonderful partners with the producers and businesses of Iowa.  He indicated that Governor Branstad’s longtime friendship with Chinese President Mr. Xi, beginning in 1985, built the trust and helped to foster business opportunities for the people of China and Iowa.  He concluded that the agriculture community must continue to work together, so that it can work toward the common goal of feeding the people of the world. 

Keynote speaker, Jun Yang corresponded that CNSA’s mission is to serve its members through the creation of a commercial and fair operating environment within the seed industry. The CNSA helps to build a bridge between the Chinese seed industry and the Chinese government.  She continued that it was a great honor for CNSA to lead the Delegation visiting Iowa, and to meet these Iowa officials.  One of CNSA’s goals is to assist in accomplishing Mr. Xi’s vision to promote cooperation between the US, especially Iowa and the CNSA members.  She emphasized that CNSA must continue to foster cooperation between its member companies and US seed companies.  This cooperation is striving to bring more elite germplasm, high quality hybrids, and advanced technology to increase corn yields and farmer’s income. This contribution will make a difference to the world food security and feeding the people of the world.  She thanked ICIA and its members for organizing and participating in this event.

The dinner proceeded with presentations from ICIA and business sponsors of Ten Square International and Damin Seed Co., Ltd.  Bing-Bing Wang recognized the dinner preparation committee and volunteers.  He expressed ICIA’s determination to continue building relationships between China and Iowa. The dinner concluded with appreciation comments by Shihuang Zhang and Shi Liu and other business leaders representing five major Chinese seed companies.

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