The National Sunflower Association's magazines, Seeds 2000 Inc., and a young Japanese farmer who has used John Deere equipment, played a significant role in promoting sunflower production in Japan, according to Farm and Ranch Guide.
The news source reported that Daniel Yamada is a sales manager for a dealer in Japan that sells John Deere farm equipment, and he came to America to learn about the process of sunflower farming.
"Sunflowers are a new crop for us," Yamada told Farm and Ranch Guide.
Yamada and a group of of Japanese businessmen, farmers, agriculture professors and industry leaders were taken on a tour of the North Dakota State University, the National Sunflower Association, Farm and Ranch Guide and two farms in North Dakota where sunflowers are a major crop, according to the news source.
They were taken on a tour by a former sunflower farmer and several area businessmen, as they looked to learn about cultivating the crop from American experts.
The National Sunflower Association was organized to promote the American farmer and to help foster a sense of recognition for the crop, which is a valuable source of food and oil.