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Iowans Report from Colombia and Panama

Posted on February 8, 2012 at 9:28 AM by Iowa Corn

A reminder that twenty Iowa men and women have been on an international agriculture trade mission to Colombia and Panama as part of the Iowa Corn Leadership Enhancement and Development Program (I-LEAD).

The group started in Panama last week where they were able to see what the expansion of the canal will mean for transporting larger ships of agricultural products.

In Colombia, class members have been amazed on what the implementation of the Colombia Free Trade Agreement might mean for the U.S. export market. However, infrastructure still is an important piece of the puzzle. After products hit the Columbian ports, transportation costs still add 18 percent to the cost of a final product, where other countries are just 9 percent.

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