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August 13, 2013

Delegation from Vietnam visits Osky area

By ANDY GOODELL
The Oskaloosa Herald

OSKALOOSA — A delegation of state-level leaders from Vietnam were in Oskaloosa Monday to gain some agricultural insight.

Bob Wells, who deals with agricultural economics and farm management at Mahaska County ISU Extension, helped host the delegates’ visit.

Wells said part of the motivation for Monday’s visit was for the delegation to learn how ISU Extension operates within the United States. He noted that ISU Extension educates farmers, service providers and the general public. Obviously, one of these areas is farm management.

Learning about Genetically Modified Organisms was also part of the delegation’s visit to the area, noted Wells.

The delegation visited a farm near Pella. Wells said hearing about how a local farmer uses ISU Extension services was part of this portion of the visit.

In Vietnam, there are around 30,000 Extension people, according to Wells. He said that over 2/3 of the population of Vietnam are farmers and that agricultural practices there involves a lot of manual labor.

Right now, the predominant crop being farmed in Vietnam is rice, but that they are looking to diversify, said Wells.

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Herald City Editor Andy Goodell can be reached at news2@oskyherald.com.