After a hearty breakfast the team met with Jeanne Bailey and Tran Quoc Quan of the Foreign Agriculture Service here in Vietnam. Topics discussed included an overview of Southeast Asia and U.S. trade. The importance of Vietnamese food security was stressed with FAS prediction that it will soon be an impending leading rice producer. Adel Yusupov, SEA Regional Director for the U.S. Grains Council, ended his presentation by predicting that the countries of Southeast Asia will soon be as successful as Japan, Taiwan and Korea.
The tour then progressed to Thanh Binh Feed Mill which was an integrated agriculture facility that included a broiler breeding farm, rubber tree plantation and swine facility.
Thanh Binh Feed Mill began in the 1960’s with one hog and has progressed to include 20,000 head. Mr. Ph Duc Binh, owner and operator of the facility, gave students a first-hand tour of his operations.
Compared to most U.S. feeds, Vietnamese feeds contain 10 ingredients which create a more cost effective product. After learning about Distillers Dried Grains with Solubles (DDGS) from member presentations at orientation and the U.S. Grains Council, the group finally got to see DDGS in person.
The tour concluded with a Vietnamese dinner hosted by Mr. Ph Duc Binh. Today’s tour opened delegate’s eyes to all of the possibilities of Vietnamese trade and future industry opportunities.
“Farming is an extremely tough job,” Bailey said. “You not only feed part of the U.S. but the world.”
We’re headed to an aquaculture farm tomorrow!
Breanne Brammer, University of Missouri and Margery Magill, University of California Davis