North Dakota will host a large delegation of visitors from around the world Sept. 9-12 at the seventh annual Big Iron International Visitors Program, the international portion of the Big Iron Farm Show designed to assist the state’s agribusinesses in expanding their international sales.
For international buyers, The Big Iron Farm Show is the must-see agricultural exhibition for those interested in the latest technologies for large-scale agriculture production. For North Dakota companies, the Big Iron International Visitors Program (IVP) offers a unique opportunity to connect with potential buyers and foster business relationships with overseas partners. Foreign delegates have the opportunity to observe first-hand the design, manufacture and demonstration of products through equipment demonstrations and facility tours, coordinated by the North Dakota Trade Office.
International visitors can also take advantage of the International Visitors Pavilion where they have can access private meeting rooms, take advantage of volunteer interpreters, and enjoy refreshments as well as Internet access to help facilitate their business. International guests who register for the Big Iron IVP enjoy all special programming and events at no cost.
In 2012, approximately 110 buyers of agricultural products from more than 10 countries participated in the Big Iron IVP and its programs from countries such as Romania, Uruguay, Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine. Similar numbers are expected in 2013.
More than thirty North Dakota companies took advantage of the program last year. These companies consisted not only of agricultural machinery manufacturers but a wide variety of agribusiness industries including seed producers and distributors, food-grade commodity producers, agriculture service providers, commodity storage and handling systems and, educational institutions and livestock producers and researchers.