Rick Tolman, executive vice president and CEO of National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is calling the recent joint biotech mission to the European Union (EU) a “stunning success.”

Representatives from the NCGA and the U. S. Grains Council (USGC) recently returned after a six-day joint mission in Europe, where they discussed trade issues and biotechnology with EU officials.

The six-person NCGA/USGC team visited Brussels, Rotterdam, Geneva and Paris, meeting with corn co-product importers, European Commission officials, World Trade Organization (WTO) ambassadors, European news media, consumer groups and leaders of the French Corn Growers Association, among others.

Rick Tolman said the trip exceeded all expectations. “The representatives we met with had never met with U.S. (farmers) before and they responded well to our message since it came from actual farmers.”