An international networking meeting gets underway in West Des Moines this morning that gathers Iowa farmers with grain buyers from Latin American. Marv Wilson, executive vice president of the Iowa Soybean Promotion Board, says the conference provides many benefits for both groups.The event is called the 2002 Iowa-Latin America Corn and Soybean Summit. Wilson says it’ll pair up Iowa producers with buyers from Mexico, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala and elsewhere.Wilson says Latin America is already vital to Iowa corn and soybean growers and that relationship is continuing to thrive. In 2000, Iowa exported 654-million dollars worth of agricultural products to Mexico. That nation is the third-largest importer of U.S. soybeans. The summit runs today only at the Holiday Inn University Park in West Des Moines.
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