Hungarian agriculture company officials visit AgCenter

Olivia McClure  |  4/2/2019 3:17:54 PM

(04/02/19) BATON ROUGE, La. — Officials with the National Stud Farm and Training Farm, the largest agriculture company in Hungary, visited the LSU AgCenter on March 28.

The company operates a 10,000-hectare (24,700-acre) farm with horses, dairy cattle, wheat, corn, sunflowers and soybeans as well as an agritourism center and vocational agricultural school. It was founded in 1784 to provide horses for the Hungarian military.

The visit comes as the AgCenter Global Network prioritizes growing partnerships in Eastern and Central European countries.

The group met with LSU Vice President for Agriculture Bill Richardson and Global Network staff about opportunities for collaboration. They also toured the AgCenter Food Incubator.

The Global Network has focused on forming relationships with other universities in the past. It is now looking for ways to work with companies around the world too, said AgCenter associate vice president Wade Baumgartner.

“Engaging with international companies through the LSU AgCenter’s Global Network is vital to reaching our goals,” Baumgartner said. “We want to develop AgCenter research and technology around the world and more importantly develop relationships and market opportunities for Louisiana-based companies as part of our outreach and economic development mission.”

Béla Kocsy, agricultural attaché with the Hungarian Embassy in Washington, D.C., led the visit to the AgCenter. The delegation from the company included István Tibor Pap, chief executive officer; Péter Szabó, deputy chief financial officer; Péter Turbucz, deputy CEO for development and investment; Norbert Isaszegi, deputy CEO for production; and László Pall, plant production expert.

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Officials with the National Stud Farm and Training Farm, the largest agriculture company in Hungary, visit the LSU AgCenter on March 28. Their activities on the trip included a meeting with LSU Vice President for Agriculture Bill Richardson, center. Photo by Olivia McClure/LSU AgCenter

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