Top Reasons to Attend the Big Iron International Visitors Program

Top Reasons to Attend the Big Iron International Visitors Program

Posted on February 11, 2020

Below is a list of the top 5 reasons to attend the Big Iron International Visitors Program.  For more information on the event, including participating hotels, agenda and registration, please click here.

1) Specialized ‘International Visitors’ Day
The Big Iron Farm Show runs annually from Tuesday through Thursday.  Each year, on the Monday prior to the opening of the Big Iron Farm Show, the North Dakota Trade Office and US Commercial Service hold special programming for our international guests participating in the Big Iron International Visitor’s Program (or Big Iron IVP).  This year, international guests will have the opportunity to tour a farm and learn about the farming practices used in our region.

2) Specialized tours allow participants to see North Dakota agriculture at workIMG_2464
While trade shows are a great way to see a variety of products at once, at the Big Iron IVP we understand that sometimes seeing the dealership or manufacturing facility and the agricultural technology in the field is important.  That’s why we hold specialized tours each year, with different focuses, to allow international guests to see North Dakota machinery at work, whether it’s a tour of one of our member’s dealerships or an educations session on a specific crop, we can assure our international visitors that they will learn about our agricultural technology on a deeper level.

IMG_21123) Networking with top government officials
Agriculture has always been a driving force in North Dakota’s economy, and our state leaders are proud of this heritage.  Because of this, our leading government officials are involved in the Big Iron IVP.  This is an opportunity for our international guests to be officially welcomed to North Dakota by our leaders, because our state truly appreciates your visit.

_MG_59934) Ground transportation provided
One of the most difficult aspects of being in rural United States is getting from your hotel to the places where business deals happen.  At the Big Iron IVP, we provide large tour buses for transportation to ensure that you can get to the Big Iron Farm Show and to facilities without any worries.  And, don’t worry about paying for this transportation – it’s on us.

_MG_64205) International Visitors Pavilion
Last, but certainly not least, the Big Iron IVP has a designated International Visitors’ Pavilion for our global guests to call home at the Big Iron Farm Show.  In this Pavilion you will find coffee, water, snacks, free Internet access (with computers), private meeting space and – most importantly – warmth.  Additionally, if you need access to an interpreter, this is where you will find them waiting for you.

Our goal is to make the Big Iron International Visitor’s Program as successful as possible for our international guests as well as our North Dakota companies.  And, in typical North Dakota fashion, we want you to feel ‘at home’ and comfortable during your visit here.

For more information on the event, including participating hotels, agenda and registration, please click here.

We hope to see you at Big Iron 2020!

Featured STEP ND Activity: Marketing your Company with Virtual Reality

Featured STEP ND Activity: Marketing your Company with Virtual Reality

Posted on October 18, 2018

Give international customers a tour of your facility, let them see the crops growing in the field or get an in-depth view of your product -- all without travel and language barriers. That is a virtual reality tour. STEP ND is now reimbursing companies up to $3,000 for virtual reality (VR) projects related to international marketing. A virtual reality tour is created by filming your location or product with special cameras and processing the footage into 360° digital media. VR tours are typically accessible via website, an emailed link or social media. By clicking a button, international customers may experience an engaging, interactive tour using a headset and smart phone. It’s an exciting tool to differentiate your company from the competition and build a personal connection with buyers. Apply for STEP ND reimbursement before you begin a VR project by filling out and submitting the STEP ND Company Application and the STEP ND Marketing Application.

A local company currently providing virtual reality services is Be More Colorful, based in Fargo.

Import Process A-to-Z: Documents & Handouts

Import Process A-to-Z: Documents & Handouts

Posted on March 17, 2015

Thank you for attending the March Trade Talk, 'Import Process A-to-Z.'  Below are links to the presentation and other documents Mr. Laden referenced during his presentation.  Please feel free to download he documents as needed.  If you have any questions, please contact Lindsey Warner at

Marine Insurance Webinar – Speaker Bios

Marine Insurance Webinar – Speaker Bios

Posted on October 20, 2011

Bob Furjanic, President of Four Anchors Worldwide LLC
Bob Furjanic is a graduate of Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL. He has been president of Four Anchors Worldwide LLC, a Marine insurance brokerage, in Pleasantville, NY, since 2007. Prior to founding his own company, Bob worked for various brokers producing and servicing cargo and hull and machinery insurance for over 30 years. Earlier in his career, he was a claims manager for a steel importer and a legal assistant for a maritime law firm. Four Anchors Worldwide LLC specializes in cargo insurance on agricultural and steel products and is licensed in 13 states, including North Dakota.

Steve Erhardt, Vice President of CSL Global
Steve Erhardt is a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York with a bachelor's degree in Marine Transportation.  He has worked in the marine surveying field since 1992, for various national and international  companies, working in the Ports of Houston, Norfolk and presently in Minneapolis.  Steve is a Certified Marine Surveyor  with the National Association of Marine Surveyors and specializes in conducting both cargo claims investigations and cargo loss control surveys.  He currently holds the position of Vice President with CSL Global, an international marine consultancy company, managing their Project Cargo and Loss Control surveying business in North America.

Peter Hamner, Project Manager for Conway & Robinson LLC
Peter Hamner has a BS degree in Wood Science and Forest Products from Virginia Tech and a Master's Degree in Forestry from the University of Kentucky. Until the summer of 2010, he worked for nine years as a research associate at Virginia Tech's - Center for Unit Load Design, the only laboratory with facilities capable of evaluating all aspects of pallet, packaging, and material handling design and efficiency. Over the past 6 years, Peter has accumulated particular expertise and experience in the area of mold and moisture mitigation targeting all forms of wood packaging materials. Subsequently, he has worked as a project consultant for White & Company Packaging Solutions to develop comprehensive mold control programs for wood pallet suppliers, provide technical evaluations and recommendations for mold and moisture contamination issues associated with products shipped on wood pallets, and evaluate the efficacy of mold control chemical treatments for lumber and wood pallets. Peter currently works as a project manager for Conway & Robison LLC providing audit, certification, and consulting services to wood packaging manufacturers.