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USMEF Hosts Colorado Pork Interns from CSU

CSU student interns Bryant Benson and Patchara Limhapirom (r.) are pictured with John (l.) and Leann Saunders of Where Food Comes From

CSU student interns Bryant Benson and Patchara Limhapirom (r.) are pictured with John (l.) and Leann Saunders of Where Food Comes From

Two Colorado State University students participating in an internship program sponsored by the Colorado Pork Producers Council (CPPC) joined USMEF staff this week for an introduction to the international side of the U.S. red meat industry.

Patchara Limhapirom, a graduate student in epidemiology with an undergraduate degree in veterinary science, and Bryant Benson, a senior majoring in animal science and agricultural business, met with USMEF staff based in Denver, the leadership of Where Food Comes From and Colorado Farm Bureau, and were introduced to a variety of international red meat cuts at retail and foodservice outlets in the region.

The time the students spent with USMEF was one part of a longer internship provided by CPPC. Both students came away very impressed from their visit with Colorado-based Where Food Comes From (d.b.a. IMI Global), the leading provider of third-party identification, verification and traceability solutions for the livestock and agricultural industries.

“It’s a good story and a good concept,” said Limhapirom, a native of Thailand, while Bryant of Colorado noted that Where Food Comes From’s services provide “more confidence for consumers and give producers a better edge.”
CSU student interns Bryant Benson and Patchara Limhapirom were introduced to a variety of international red meat cuts at retail and foodservice outlets in the region.

CSU student interns Bryant Benson and Patchara Limhapirom were introduced to a variety of international red meat cuts at retail and foodservice outlets in the region.



The Colorado Farm Bureau visit covered a wide variety of issues facing the industry, ranging from property rights issues to GMO labeling, estate taxes and the Farm Bill. Limhapirom noted that there are no comparable organizations in Thailand that represent farmers.

The extended exposure to USMEF staff also opened the interns’ eyes to the behind-the-scenes activities that go on in support of the U.S. agricultural community.

“The meetings with USMEF staff regarding trade access, planning, communications with members and even the accounting challenge of managing funds from many sources were enlightening,” said Limhapirom.

Both students offered their thanks to Colorado Pork Producers Council for the opportunity to explore so many facets of the industry.

“This internship is a good stepping stone,” said Bryant. “It gives a good look at all sides of the business.”