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FCA Welcomes Japanese Visitors to Larrabee Feed Mill

We had a lot fun this fall hosting a group of Japanese visitors at our Larrabee location and feed mill on Sept. 16.

The group, which included pork producers, feed mill operators, and distillers dried grains (DDGS) buyers, toured the United States for a week as a guest of the U.S. Grains Council. We were honored when Bruce Rohwer, a Paullina-area director with the Iowa Corn Growers Association, asked if FCA and the Feed Partners LLC mill would host a tour for the Japanese delegation.

While the group didn’t tour inside the Larrabee feed mill, due to biosecurity protocols, we had an excellent visit with them on a beautiful day. Rod Johnson, feed mill manager, Justin Sollmann, feed operations manager for FC Co-op, and I answered the group’s questions about swine production, grain production, and feed milling processes in northwest Iowa.

The Japanese were amazed that this large, modern mill, which was built in 1997, only produces feed for grow-finish operations. They were also surprised by how good the grain looks being shipped out of Larrabee, versus what it looks like when they receive it. Their swine production questions also showed that our system of animal agriculture is much different than theirs.

The Japanese were like kids on Christmas morning when they got to see a sample of DDGS being delivered to the mill. “If I could have this product, it would really help my pigs,” said the Japanese pork producer as he spoke to the translator.

Overall, the Japanese delegation was very impressed by the Feed Partners mill and our system of agriculture here in northwest Iowa. We were glad to host them and look forward to more opportunities like this in the future.

Marc Hinners 
Feed Department Manager 
Office: 877-753-5400 

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