Published: Tuesday, 28 Mar 2017
Department: Visiting International Professional Program
As part of our international outreach, the Visiting International Professional Program (VIPP) at Michigan State University serves as a liaison with U.S. government agencies, foreign embassies, sponsors and educational foundations that support international students and scholars.
VIPP welcomed French delegates who were invited by US Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) Program. VIPP organized a round table discussion with Dr. Neal Fortin and his staff at the Institute for Food Laws and Regulations (IFLR) at Michigan State University.
Take for example, the US Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). IVLP invites international leaders and visitors to the United States and offer professional development and cultural exchange opportunities. From March 13-22, VIPP hosted a group of French specialists in food safety and provided a seven-day long workshop for knowledge transfer and cultural exchange. The goals of their stay at MSU were to examine U.S. laws and regulations governing food safety and the process involved in policy making and regulatory action. VIPP program coordinator Dr. Kiwon Kang organized the program and arranged seminars with MSU faculty and staff, visits to farms and companies in agricultural industry, meetings with government officials, and cultural activities on St. Patrick's day.
Their activities ranged from academic learning to cultural exploration. Participants took part in round table discussion with MSU faculty and staff on the relationship between farmers and state legislative counsel. As one of the program goals was to study American best practices in achieving food safety from the farm to the consumer, they also visited a local farm to explore what individual farmers deal with on a daily basis to get their products out to the market. Visits to companies in agricultural industry in Michigan such as Michigan Farm Bureau Insurance and Michigan Agricultural Commodities Grain Elevator further opened their eyes to the key issues in agricultural industry in Michigan. Beyond the focus on food safety, French delegates also had an opportunity to meet Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Young Jr. to discuss current issues that affecting the State of Michigan such as Detroit Bankruptcy.
French delegates visited Double Eagle Dairy in Middleton, Michigan. It is a family-owned farm that milks about 3,500 cows, using a 72 cow-milking carousel.
Participants learned about grain production from Manager Phil Tuggle, in front of the Grain Elevator at Michigan Agricultural Commodities, Middleton.
Participants had lunch with Chief Justice Robert Young Jr. at the Michigan Supreme Court and learned about current issues affecting Michigan.
French delegates enjoyed their time in East Lansing and Michigan and had great opportunities to expand their networks, not to mention learn more about food safety issues in the US. VIPP is proud to bring international visitors to campus for long or short-term research. Collaboration with programs such as IVLP help to accelerate innovation and international collaboration at MSU.