Japanese farming delegation studies Lodi wine
July 7, 2014
• Small group tours winemaking region
• Visitors included a Japanese venture capitalist
Delegation at Barsetti Vineyards in Galt
(Photo by Kubota Shinnosuke)
A group of Japanese with connections to that country’s agriculture, toured the Lodi wine appellation Sunday, including a visit to the Barsetti Winery in Galt.
The eight visitors were invited to the United States under the auspices of the Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program for a series of events from June 23 through July 11.
The delegation got a taste of the Central Valley with a stop at Lodi’s Velvet Grill.
The farmers and business executives were hosted in Lodi and Galt by the Northern California World Trade Center and Gayaldo International. Discussion centered on how regional producers can be drivers of innovation, global partnerships and economic growth.
Members of the delegation included an agribusiness professor; Japan's largest tomato farmer; a former professional soccer player now turned owner of a traveling "farm to chopstick" restaurant; a former top imported car saleswoman who now is planning to open schools in Bangladesh for disadvantaged children to start their own businesses so they can support themselves; a specialist in domestic food logistics; a venture capitalist who specializes in IT, fisheries and agriculture; and a person who said his dream is to make farming the most popular career in Japan.