"Turkish farms grow wheat, peaches, pomegranate, figs, chick peas, lentils, nectarines, olives, cucumbers and onions, among other items. It's possible that one day, Turkish olive oil - which is often traded to Italy, packed there as Italian Olive Oil and sold in U.S. stores that way - could be imported through Wilmington.
While Turkey is interested in exporting items, leaders and farmers also need to export items such as soybeans - a crop Cinton County and Ohio have in abundance.
But Turkish businesses want beans that are not genetically modified (often referred to as non-GMO). Clinton County and Ohio are able to provide non-GMO products, but Turkish government leaders are concerned non-GMO products could be contaminated by GMO crops.
On this, issue, Curry played the lead. A farmer himself, Curry worked to explain to officials how containerized beans can be sealed up at a Clinton County farm, and not unsealed until the container hits its final location. And, of course, all of that can be shipped at the Wilmington Air Park.
Containerized shipments of beans is already happening in Fayette County, Curry said, so he knows it can be done. There, beans are being shipped to Japan for tofu.
"The Minister of Agriculture is concerned that even if two containers are side-by-side, the dust can get into it from another - that's how nervous he is," Curry said. "We need to work with the Ohio Department of Agriculture and the United States Department of Agriculture and see if we can get some people over there to discuss that."
Dixon said Curry is on the verge of a break-through.
"What he knows right now can probably open the door for the whole country if he can get this solved," Dixon said. "It's not a big thing to get solved, but it takes knowing the right people and he knows them."
With much of these ideas, it may be just a matter of time before they take off, Dixon said. Clinton County has a lot to offer in the industry of global trade.
"We have companies saying they're ready and we have vast resources," he said. "It's amazing how proud you can be from a county in Ohio. You can be 7,000 miles away and so proud of all the things we can do."
Can anyone please explain this to me? I would think it would be so specialized we aren't talking about much trade?
Officials still wrestle with our empty, huge, modern airport.
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Ship Soybeans By Air?
be cost competitive???