Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Idaho Farm Bureau News

Munsa Mills, Obregon, Sonora, Mexico--Jake Putnam photo

Farm Bureau Trade Delegation Back From Mexico

Pocatello--A Farm Bureau Trade delegation is back in Pocatello after a successful trip to Mexico last week. Gary Fuhriman, Ray Poe and Scott Mallory of Agri-source spent the week visiting Mexican millers, promoting Idaho wheat and introducing Mallory to buyers.

Jake Putnam talked to Gary Fuhriman on Monday:

Tell us about your recent trade trip to Mexico?
For a number of years we have been working with Mexican flour Millers and we try and get down there at least once a year, sometimes more to visit with them, let them know that Idaho likes working with them.

Why now, why November?
Our main purpose this time for the meeting was the passing of Bill Mendenhall who had worked directly with the Millers. We took a gentleman down from Agri-Source by the name of Scott Mallory. He'll be the contact point for Agri-source now, he's no stranger, he's worked side by side with Bill for 30 years and is very knowledgeable of the industry and knows what's going on.


Tell us more about Mr. Mallory?
We took Scott Mallory down and he was well received by the millers in Mexico. They were saddened by the passing of Bill Mendenhall who had done business with them for the past decade. He was a good friend to them and worked hard continuing their relationship with Idaho. They were all very complimentary of Idaho and the quality of our wheat and we were very pleased with that. They told us that if they could they would buy all their wheat from Idaho because of the consistant quality we have. But there's no way Idaho can supply all the wheat they need, but it comes down the price and whether Idaho can compete with Canada and the Midwest; that remains to be seen.


The Mexicans can buy wheat anywhere, why Idaho?
Munsa owns 3 mills on the West Coast. Cost is important to them as well as quality and the consistency of the wheat is foremost on their mind. Our wheat has worked out very well with them because it blends well with their wheat.
What about other grains?
We also met with some new companies that were interested in importing barley for consumption and animal food. They want a shipment sent down there sto they can check it out, they're very curious about our barley. They're also interested in importing Idaho seeds everything from grass and alfalfa seed as well as alfalfa hay.

Do you foresee a time when Idaho will have an edge?
We're there and overall very pleased with the trip and the fact that everyone welcomed us with open arms. We're thankful that we have strong relationships with these companies. One company said they loved dealing with us because they feel that they can do business on a person to person level.

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