Twenty Iowans Participating in International Ag Trade Mission

The group is in South Korea and Vietnam March 11-20 as part of Iowa Corn Leadership Enhancement and Development Program.

Published on: Mar 18, 2010

Twenty Iowa men and women are participating in an international agriculture trade mission to South Korea and Vietnam as part of the Iowa Corn Leadership Enhancement and Development Program.  The international mission is taking place from March 11 to 22, 2010.

This I-LEAD class has targeted an ambitious mission to provide experience in assessing market potential and market barriers. The mission to South Korea and Vietnam will look at export market development for four of Iowa's major agricultural products (corn, soybeans, pork and beef). 

The I-LEAD foreign study mission helps class members expand their knowledge of the world food and fiber system and help them to develop a deeper appreciation for the views of international customers.  

Participants in the I-LEAD mission overseas include:

Lowell Appleton, Sanborn, O'Brien County; Neil Bouray, Randolph, Fremont County; Cathy and Scott Brown, Columbus Junction; Will Cannon, Newton, Jasper County; Chris Clark, Ida Grove, Ida County; Klint Cork, Galva, Ida County; Devin Dutilly, Ames, Story County; Chris Edgington, St. Ansgar, Mitchell County; Kurt Hora, Washington, Washington County; Darcy Maulsby, Lake City, Calhoun County; Cody McKinley, Ankeny, Polk County; Todd Mikkelsen, Cedar Falls, Black Hawk County; Derek Prostine, Clarksville, Butler County; Jason Robinson, Baxter, Jasper County; Michael Schon, Spencer, Clay County; Suzanne Shirbroun, Farmersburg, Clayton County; Dustin Vande Hoef, Des Moines, Polk County; Roger Vander Veen, Harley, O'Brien County; Chris Weydert, Algona, Kossuth County; Tim Recker, Arlington, Fayette County; Don Mason, Granger, Dallas County; and Claire Masker, Urbandale, Polk County.

To follow the class on their international mission trip you can visit Sponsors for the mission are also listed on this blog. Class members will provide daily details on meetings and activities that the class will be participating in.

The Iowa Corn I-LEAD program is a two-year program to provide Iowa's talented men and women with the tools they need to succeed as leaders and spokespeople for agriculture. The I-LEAD program is sponsored by the Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB) and the Iowa Corn Growers Association because they recognize that the future of Iowa agriculture depends on developing new leaders who share the same passion for generations to come.

If you are interested in applying for the next I-LEAD class please contact the Iowa Corn office at 515-225-9242 or