A little winter travel idea

I'll be clear, this is a shameless plug for a trip to Brazil and I would be your host. For the past few years the Penton Agriculture Staff including Bryce Knorr, Mike Wilson and Max Armstrong have been hosting tours to some interesting areas including Brazil, China, Australia, Argentina and elsewhere. The 2016 round of tours looks just as good, and time is running out to lock in your seat - space is limited.

First up, Jan. 9 to 21, Max Armstrong will be leading a tour to New Zealand, a mystical land of sheep and diversified agriculture. If you want to know more about what's happening in the global sustainable farming movement, this is a good place to start. But there's so much more. You'll visit both the South and North Islands of New Zealand where you'll see agriculture and stunning scenery too.

Second, is a trip to Brazil from Feb. 20 to March 1 where you can join me on a tour of a country that fascinates many. The tour is through the heart of the country's key agricultural production areas and includes the opportunity to see soybeans, cocoa, coffee and more in production. I'll be your host on this tour and I'm looking forward to it as much as some who've already signed up.

We may start in Rio de Janeiro, but we get right into the countryside to see not only crops but the diversified livestock of the country as well.

Finally, if you've ever wondered what agriculture, and life, was like in Vietnam, you can have your chance as Mike Wilson, executive editor, Farm Futures leads a tour to this interesting country including visits to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). You'll visit small-scale farms, see diverse agriculture and learn about the farming economy of this interesting country. There's even a one-night stopover in Tokyo.

I've been traveling outside the United States for years, but I've never taken the opportunity to travel to Brazil. I'm excited about the prospect of what I can see and learn (I always learn something) and as Max Armstrong says, traveling outside the country offers you perspective you can't get any other way. It's an eye opener.

So check out the links in this blog and consider your options. As you work through harvest this fall consider an experience that can open your eyes to the markets you compete with, or learn about agriculture in new places. It's something to consider.

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