By Richelle Matthews, Praxis Strategy Group
The Ghanaian delegation had the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities throughout the past couple of days of their U.S. trip to launch FAGRO farm show and Farm Channel.
One of the biggest highlights was visiting Hoverson Farms, a 20,000 acre farm just outside of Larimore, N.D. The farms in Ghana range in size from two acres to 1,000 acres, so the delegation was quite amazed and inspired by Carl Hoverson’s operation. They were all impressed that he had started with 40 acres and had built the farm up over the years, serving as an excellent example that Ghanaians can move from small scale to commercialized farming if they remain focused, plan for the future and view agriculture as a business opportunity.
They also had the opportunity to visit the NSDU Agricultural Experiment Research Greenhouse Complex . This facility provides enhanced education and research in plant breeding, genetics, horticulture, entomology, plant pathology, plant nutrition and associated disciplines. The visit was followed up by discussions about seed varieties and crop research that would be conducive to the Ghanaian agricultural sector.
And of course no trip to the United States would be complete without attending a baseball game. Tony Mensah from the Farm Channel threw the first pitch at the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks game, an event that helped them to have the all-American experience!