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African Ambassadors Look for Solutions on N.C. Farms

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BENSON — They've traveled halfway around the world to learn from the best. A groupof African diplomats is in the Tarheel State, learning first-hand aboutlife on North Carolina farms.

Fifteen ambassadors from Africa spent Monday touring farms in Johnstonand Wake Counties. With millions of acres of farm land and millions ofstarving people, Africa is looking to North Carolina farmers for newideas.

The delegates started near Benson, visiting Leonard Wood's small producefarm. Wood told the diplomats that he hoped to exchange agriculturalideas with them, establshing a link between two very different styles offarming. Wood, whose nickname is "Happy," also wanted to give thevisitors anidea of how enjoyable farming can be.

Mamadou Seck, a delegate from the Republic of Senegal,said that food processing is big business in his country. After a day onthe farm in North Carolina, he says that he liked what he saw.

The ambassadors plan to visit other farms in North Carolina before movingon to South Carolina and Georgia.

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