On our last day in Amsterdam, Netherlands we got to visit the Vincent Van Gogh Museum and explore his various paintings throughout his life. We learned that he got his start at painting by being inspired from impressionist painters and his family had an agriculture background. By examining all of his paintings that were present on our tour, we discovered that Mr. Gogh’s favorite agricultural crop was probably wheat.
To recap everything that we visited and experienced, we toured Koppert Cress and received an interesting presentation from Mr. Rob Baan. We toured the Anne Frank House, had an interesting presentation of the ministry of Economic Affairs at The Hague, had another very intriguing presentation from a representative at Food Valley, toured Seed Valley, toured Agriport (Barendse), worked on our service project in Food Forest, received a very interesting briefing from Susan Phillips from the U.S. Embassy, toured Artis Zoo, and visited Keukenhof.
We also traveled to Wageningen and listened to Nicolas Appert and Director Jeroen Knol from the European Federation of Food Science and Technology (EFFoST). We even visited 2 organic farms (i.e. a dairy farm and a care farm). We also got to experience the processing and refining of Soybeans, Canola, and Sunflower oil from Cargill at two of their processing plants in Amsterdam. We even got to experience a music concert from the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra.
Our key takeaways from our trip were that we need to maintain a Global Market mindset, education and collaboration are essential for the continued advancements in agriculture, and our appreciation for the United States of America.
We would like to thank all of our sponsors, CHS, Monsanto, Bunge, and Cargill for their generous donations and support for our trip to the Netherlands and having us explore agriculture on the global level. We would also like to thank International Institute of Education (IIE) for organizing the logistics of our trip and keeping us safe everyday.
-Nick Neumann, University of Missouri