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2007 Media Releases

June 13, 2007
For More Information Contact:
Bud Dasenbrock, MCIF Programmer, 466-2465
Carmelee Tuma, 471-1969


The Mayor’s Committee for International Friendship announced today that a multi-national group will visit Lincoln on June 14 and 15 to study biotechnology and food safety. Participants include three individuals from Denmark, Slovak Republic and Turkey. These individuals were invited to the U.S. under the auspices of the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. This visit, which began in Washington, D.C. and takes the group to several states, was arranged by the Meridian International Center of Washington, D.C.

Included in their schedule are meetings with Mayor Chris Beutler; Steve Sands of Premium Protein to learn about food safety at a beef processing plant; Dr. Michael Fromm with the UNL Beadle Center for Biotechnology regarding research and development in agricultural biotechnology; and Agronomy and Horticulture Professors Steve Baenziger and Charles Francis to discuss research and development of crops and sustainable agriculture.

The group also will visit with Doug and Krista Dittman at Branched Oak Farm to learn about dairy production and food safety at their certified organic dairy farm and will tour the farm of Jerry Newsham near Ceresco.

The group’s participants are:

  • Mr. Jens Christensen, President of Danish Agricultural Advisory Center; pig farmer from Denmark
  • Ms. Vladimira Puskarova, Director of Agriculture and Services Department; plant expert, Slovak Agricultural and Food Chamber, of Slovak Republic
  • Ms. Selda Turkoglu, European Union Assistant Expert, Foreign Relations and EU Coordination Department, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, of Turkey

The Mayor’s Committee for International Friendship (MCIF) is a volunteer organization which hosts visitors from around the world. The committee sets up visits with professional counterparts and plans cultural exchanges and learning experiences to promote international understanding among the visitors and citizens in the Lincoln area. Participants are established or potential foreign leaders in government, politics, media, education, science, labor relations and other key fields. They are selected by American Embassies overseas to visit the United States to experience this country firsthand.

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