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Agriculture Attaché Dr. Josyline Javelosa (center) with visiting Kansas Corn Collegiate Academy Students and Kansas Corn representatives Emily Koop and Stacy Mayo-Martinez at the Philippine Embassy in Washington on July 17, 2019.


WASHINGTON — The Philippine Embassy, through the Office of the Agriculture Attaché Dr. Josyline Javelosa, received six students from Kansas Corn Collegiate Academy on July 17, 2019.

The students traveled to the U.S. capital on July 15-18, 2019 to learn about the many different aspects of the corn industry with a specific focus on policy and trade.

East Kansas Corn Market Development Coordinator Emily Koop and Kansas Corn Director of Industry Relations Stacy Mayo-Martinez accompanied the students during their visits with U.S. legislature, government offices such as the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, industry professionals, and the Philippine Embassy.

The group met with Dr. Javelosa to know more about her role as lead agriculture representative of the Philippines in the United States and the Americas, and further learn about the importance of the Philippines as a trading partner of U.S. agriculture.

Dr. Javelosa welcomed the group and briefed them about the Philippines’ continuous and robust economic growth, Philippine agriculture, and her engagements in post with regard to food and agricultural trade policy, trade and investment promotion and technical cooperation.

She further commended the student program, which allowed participants to examine in more depth various factors, and trends that may impact the corn industry and their future careers in the field of agribusiness.

She likewise informed the students that the Philippines is an importer of corn by-products from the U.S. such as ethanol and distillers’ dried grains.


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Dr. Josyline Javelosa briefs visiting Kansas Corn Collegiate Academy Students about PH agriculture.


The students welcomed the very informative sharing about the opportunities and diversity in agriculture, the importance of strong trade relationships between different countries, and information on the many Philippine agriculture and coconut products.

On July 18, Dr. Javelosa also welcomed incoming U.S. Agricultural Counselor to the Philippines Morgan Haas who will assume his post in Manila by the end of July.

Haas was joined by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service colleagues Dr. Jadon Marianetti, Lead Desk Officer for South and Southeast Asia, and Benjamin Tsui, Desk Officer for the Philippines.

Dr. Javelosa received her agriculture counterpart and discussed Philippine agriculture interests in the United States.

Haas, whose previous assignments covered Morocco and Tunisia, and China, expressed his appreciation for the meeting and is looking forward to enhancing the PH-U.S. bilateral relationship in agriculture.

The governments of the Philippines and the United States partner in various agricultural cooperation areas such as agbiotechnology, food safety, animal and plant health, development of commodities such as coffee, cacao and coconut, and in sustainable fisheries management.

The Philippines is the United States’ 11th largest agricultural export market of the U.S. in 2018, while the U.S. is the Philippines’ top single country of destination for its food and agricultural exports.


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Incoming U.S. Agricultural Counselor to the Philippines Morgan Haas and Philippine Embassy Agriculture Attaché Dr. Josyline Javelosa after their meeting on July 18, 2019.


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Dr. Josyline Javelosa receives incoming U.S. Agricultural Counselor to the Philippines Morgan Haas at the Philippine Embassy.


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Dr. Josyline Javelosa hosted her agriculture counterparts with a simple Filipino lunch to introduce Morgan Haas to Filipino cuisine and food products such as milkfish (bangus), spring rolls (lumpiang shanghai), mungbean soup, pork barbecue and a special dish of buco pancit.


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From left, USDA’s Dr. Jadon Marianetti, Lead Desk Officer for South and Southeast Asia; Incoming U.S. Agricultural Counselor to the Philippines Morgan Haas; Philippine Embassy Agriculture Attaché Dr. Josyline Javelosa; and Benjamin Tsui, Desk Officer for the Philippines.

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