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The delegation was told how American farmers planted more acres of beans and corn this year than ever before, which means there will still be a strong harvest.
"The quality has been exceptional," he added.
Portions of Fee's presentation caused confusion, as he tried to explain the Conservation Reserve Program. The delegation also had difficulty understanding that the American government does not dictate what is to be done with a farmer's land.
As Fee delved further into his process, he discussed the chemicals used to protect his bean yield. The delegation seemed concerned about this, but Fee continued to do what he could to put their minds at ease that the beans were safe. He also explained that if he hadn't used the chemicals, weeds and other intrusive species could threaten the products.
From the discussion, Fee climbed into his combine to demonstrate how he harvests. The Chinese were fascinated by everything on the farm, especially the combine. They watched intently as he worked in a field.
Chinese farms are very small, according to Sunny. Most seek a second job within a city to provide for their families. Young people in China, from the countryside, often seek education and training in the urban areas. Few return to the farm.
While farming in China has become more difficult, the demand for food has increased. American soybeans keep Chinese livestock fed, and thus, the people of China are able to eat.
"The US farmer is reliable," Sunny said.
Land in China, available for farming, is also limited. This makes farming a more expensive venture.
"We are so jealous of a farm like this," Leo said. Living on one, such as the Fee, is his dream.
Leo believes the delegation's minds were put at ease, regarding the quality of Iowa's soybeans after the visit. They continued to take and pose for pictures on the farm.
The delegation was also scheduled to visit a Smith Fertilizer and Grain location.