stephen-bridgesThe Cultivation Corridor on Thursday, August 14 hosted British Consul General-Chicago Stephen Bridges in Central Iowa for meetings to discuss strategic agbioscience economic development policies – specifically the UK’s national Agricultural Technologies Strategy– and to explore future relations between the region and Great Britain.=

Corridor Executive Director Brent Willett was joined by Joey Beech, Executive Director of the Ankeny Economic Development Corporation and Derek Lord, Economic Development Director for the City of Ankeny, for a meeting with Ambassador Ken Quinn, President of the World Food Prize Foundation, at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates in downtown Des Moines. The World Food Prize is the foremost international award recognizing the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.

The group also toured John Deere Des Moines Works in Ankeny, one of John Deere’s largest manufacturing facilities, where more than 1,000 people are employed producing cotton harvesters, sprayers and other products. The visit included a meeting with Andy Hansen, General Manager of the facility.