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Stroll these Ukraine farms

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    Jeff Rechkemmer, 59, Director of Farming Operations in Vas’kivtsi, Ukraine hails from Oelwein, Iowa. Farming in Ukraine for more than 10 years, Rechkemmer manages 17,000 acres in the Cherkasy Region of Ukraine. Jeff mentors local Ukrainian farmers and enjoys working on his Texas farm when he’s Stateside.

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    Ivan Yasiv, a district farm manager at Agrotechnologi, Mr. Yasiv, discusses the part of the Agriholding he manages near Bratske village, a seed farm in Nizhnosigorskiy region of Ukraine. Hundreds—sometimes thousands--of land owners rent out small parcels of land to an Agriholding, all expecting civic improvements in return. Often, rent is paid in grain.

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    A white stork (Ciconia ciconia) is considered a symbol of good luck in Ukraine. Typically carnivorous, this one hunts in a field of winter wheat in June as combines race an approaching summer thunderstorm. See video attached of the same field.

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    Mr. Vitaliy Sakalyuk, 35, chief agronomist, stands on his equipment lot where security is king. Often, machine operators sleep in their cabs overnight to discourage outright theft. Raiz-Maksymko (Ukrainian-owned) which is all together 120,000 ha . Mr. Sakalyuk says they paint the tires to protect them from the punishing sun.

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    “Auto-Grill”. Young women attired in traditional peasant blouses and skirts wait to serve a luncheon to the Iowa Farm Bureau group. In Ukraine, a guest is considered a blessing. Most meals began with a salad with dill followed by a hot meal of grilled meats and hearty brown bread with roasted potatoes.

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    The Dnieper river (Pronounced Nee-Per) at dawn greets local fishermen in Mykolaiv, Ukraine. The Dnieper is the fourth longest river in the EU-28.

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    A circle crop in Ukraine where corn reigns king. “Житниця” is the word in Ukrainian meaning: “Breadbasket”, a well-earned nickname for Ukraine’s abundant harvests.

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    A dust devil dissipates as a delivery truck ambles down a thirsty road in Kakhovka Province in Ukraine. Taken on the irrigated Agro-Alliance (AE) 40,000 ha or +/- 99,000 US acres.

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    Vendors in the boiling late afternoon sun where temperatures hovered around 100F show dignified patience at the regional market where they hope to sell their wares to restaurants and other businesses.

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    Dave Miller, 61, Iowa Farm Bureau’s Director of Commodities & Research surveys a Ukrainian corn crop. “Iowa farmers see Ukraine as an emerging competitor, and we wanted to go over there to assess the situation.” the University of Missouri-Columbia-educated economist says.

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    Larisa Ignat, regional manager for UA-owned Agroprime in Ukraine’s winemaking region near Moldova. Ms. Ignat modestly acknowledges few women run operations as large as the one she’s in charge of: 150 people in her department a whopping 120, 000 ha or 300,000 acres.

An export services leader from Iowa took ag officials to Ukraine to see how that nation's agriculture is evolving.

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