|Delegates tour SU Ag Center facilities|
Their first stop was the Southern University campus where the Agricultural Research and Extension Center played host. Dr. Hang Dapeng, the head of the delegation, stated that their mission was to learn best practices about agriculture and extension from the US, return to China and work hard in agricultural extension to help improve lives. He reported that the exchange program has produced many benefits since its inception.
“Since the signing of the cooperation in 1978, Chinese agriculture has increased tremendously. China has put a lot of money into agriculture and the relationship with the U.S. has improved, although we still have a lot to do.”
Dapeng and his group look forward to a brighter future and stronger ties with the United States.
“We hope that in the future, the relationship between China and the U.S. in terms of agriculture and extension will grow and strengthen.”
While in Baton Rouge, the delegates visited diverse places of interest including the Louisiana Department of Agriculture, LSU’s Burden Center, New Orleans and the Tabasco Sauce Factory in Avery Island. On June 11, the team left for Chicago to continue their tour of the country and conclude their visit at Michigan State University in East Lansing.
The visit received wide media coverage in Baton Rouge, including WBRZ, WAFB and NBC33 available at: http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-university-ag-center-host-exchange-program/; http://ebrnorth.wafb.com/news/business/53644-southern-hosting-china-scientistshttp://www.nbc33tv.com/news/education/chinese-delegates-to-visit-su-ag-center
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