KDLT Home KDLT on Facebook KDLT on Twitter Get the KDLT iPhone App Get the KDLT Android App

Latin Americans Visit SD Farms



Bookmark and Share

South Dakota looked and felt like South Dakota in the fall, and no one could tell you that more than the handful of Latin Americans touring a Bridgewater farm.

 

“It's pretty bad. I was feeling the rain drops like needles because of the wind,” said Rafael Colmenares who works for a Venezuelan feed company.  

 

While the weather will send them back to their equatorial countries with a story, they're also taking a look at how grains travel to their businesses.

 

“This particular team is visiting South Dakota and then we'll go down to Missouri and up in New Orleans where we'll see the export terminals. That’s where the grain is being loaded onto the ships that will go to their countries,” said Kurt Shultz of the U.S. Grain Council.  

 

These Latin American delegates work for different feed companies and in order to stay in business, they import.

 

In Venezuela we use a lot of imported raw materials, especially from the U.S.,” added Colmenares.

 

Officials from the South Dakota Corn Growers Association say a pair of warm and dry summers limited business between the Americas.  

 

“In the last few years the crop in South Dakota and especially in America has been short and our prices have really been high and that has really eroded our demand over the last few years,” said Mark Gross, the president of the South Dakota Corn Growers Association.

 

The hope is to build trust and new business relationships.

 

“Show them our production practices and how much corn we can produce in America and South Dakota and how our goal is to help feed the world,” said Gross.

 

“The objective of my visit here is to get to know the local producers,” said Colmenares.

 

And continue a long history of agricultural trade.

 

“Latin America has been and has always been a very consistent buyer of U.S. grains and in particular corn for their feed industry,” said Shultz.

 

While a cold wind welcomes these folks from Latin America, they hope the warm hospitality from farmers will get business back and running in North and South America.

< Prev Story Back To Top Next Story >
     

Updates In Sisseton Shooting Investigation  story with video

People in Sisseton are finally getting some answers after the November 22 shooting that ...

SD Democrats Looking For New Executive Director

The South Dakota Democratic Party is looking for a new executive director.     Zach ...

Free Toys Available To Parents In Sioux Falls

Feeding South Dakota isn't just handing out food this Christmas season they ...

Luverne Schools Fight The Flu  story with video  Dec. 19

Cuban Cigars Could Make Their Way To Local Shops  story with video  Dec. 19

AG: Sisseton Killings Result Of Dom. Violence  Dec. 19

Obama: Keystone Offers Little Benefit To Consumers  Dec. 19

Ice Rinks Closed In SF  Dec. 19

SF Teen Faces Kidnapping, Assault Charges   Dec. 19

Prepackaged Caramel Apples Linked To 2 MN Deaths  Dec. 19

NorthWestern Energy Seeking To Raise Rates In 2015  Dec. 19

Gas Prices Fall Below $2 Per Gallon In SF  Dec. 19

Hackers Gloat Over 'The Interview' Cancellation In New Email  Dec. 19

Minnesota Firm Buys Second Storm Lake Wind Farm  Dec. 19

KSMI Students Stop By KDLT News Today  story with video  Dec. 19

O'Gorman Students Help Moms In Need  Dec. 19

Bob Seger Bringing Tour To Sioux Falls  Dec. 19

Pierre Woman Facing 8 Charges After Crash  Dec. 19

SD Supreme Court Backs Lower Court In Abuse Case  Dec. 19

Rapid City Man Found Dead Under Bridge  Dec. 19

KDLT News Archive
     

Sioux Falls Stampede Honor Longtime Fan  story with video

Over the years, Max Honke has collected a drawer full of ...

O'Gorman Students Help Moms In Need

Moms in need across the Sioux Empire are receiving an early Christmas ...

Bob Seger Bringing Tour To Sioux Falls

Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band have announced that they are ...

AG: Sisseton Killings Result Of Dom. Violence  Dec. 19

SF Police Probe Motel Robbery  Dec. 19

Rapid City Man Found Dead Under Bridge  Dec. 19

SF Teen Faces Kidnapping, Assault Charges   Dec. 19

Gas Prices Fall Below $2 Per Gallon In SF  Dec. 19

KDLT News Archive
     
Back To Top