May 6, 2914 U.S. Ambassador to Germany John Emmerson invited to a barbecue "How the U.S. Ambassador serves beef"
Ranch to Fork Barbecue in Embassy Courtyard
Ambassador John B. Emerson hosted a barbecue on the topic of “How the U.S. Ambassador serves his beef” at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin on June 5. Leading German beef distributors, restaurateurs, and press sampled some of the best beef produced in the United States, learned more about its production, and discussed opportunities for the U.S. beef industry to increase market share in Europe against the background of negotiations over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The event was organized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Meat Export Federation, and Albersfood, an importer of U.S. beef to Germany.
Ambassador Emerson highlighted the importance to the U.S. beef industry of the German market, which is currently the biggest in Europe and valued at over $70 million. The event featured Terry Vinton, a 5th-generation rancher from the U.S. State of Nebraska, whose family ranch is over 20,000 hectares and supports 2,300 head of cattle under USDA’s Non-Hormone Treated Cattle Program; Monty Brown, represented the U.S. Meat Export Federation, explained the different stages of beef production; Greg Ibach, Director of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, highlighted the importance of beef production for the state of Nebraska and spoke about U.S. agriculture’s broader contributions to global food security.
Frank Albers, managing director of the family-owned company Albersfood, spoke about the history of the company and its role as a leading importer of U.S. beef. The grand final of this “Ranch to Fork” barbecue was a cooking demonstration and tasting of flank, tenderloin and rib eye steaks under the expert supervision of Ned Karamujic, the chef of the Grill Royal, a leading steak restaurant in Berlin.
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March 25, 2014 U.S. Ambassador to Austria Alexa Wesner visited Pioneer Hi-Bred’s Northern Europe Sales Division in Parndorf, Austria
From left to right: Paul Wear, Ing. Peter Nachtnebel, Dr. Roswitha Krautgartner,
Ambassador Alexa Wesner, Alexander Schratt, Mag. Andrea Schischa, Ing. Paul Brunner
During her Burgenland visit on May 25, 2014, U.S. Ambassador to Austria Alexa Wesner visited the company Pioneer in Parndorf. The trip was organized by Roswitha Krautgartner, FAS Vienna. After a presentation of Pioneer’s activities in hybrid corn development, production, processing and marketing, the Ambassador toured the seed testing laboratory and the parental seed plant processing facility. Ms. Wesner who holds a degree in biology enjoyed the tour and was impressed by the company, the team and the facilities. Pioneer Parndorf, a subsidiary of DuPont produces annually half a million packages of hybrid corn seed, of which 75 % is being exported. About 400 farmers are producing hybrid corn seed for the company under contract. With 155 employees Pioneer Parndorf is one of the most important employers of the region.