Japanese chefs tour Minnesota farms this week


Some upper level Japanese chefs are touring the state this week.  Bruce Schmoll , who farms between Owatonna and Rochester in southeast Minnesota, says a lot of U.S. products go indirectly through animal agriculture over to Japan.

“We’re bring this (Japanese) team over here to show them the different cuts of meat; especially the barbecuing side of things.  How we prepare food in the U.S.  So we’re looking forward to that, and hope it leads to increased business.”

The group will be on Schmoll’s farm Wednesday.  He tells Brownfield the trade team will be all over the state taking a comprehensive look at Minnesota agriculture.

“They’re going to start out in the southwestern part of the state.  There’s a JBS pork processing plant; a couple other pork and beef operations.  They’re going to come to my place for three or four hours.  And then they’re going to go up to the Twin Cities area to visit with the Famous Dave’s organization.”

Schmoll says the Japanese chefs will learn some barbecue techniques this week while becoming familiar with American cuts of meat.  The Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council has organized the tour.






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