Study Tour: Exploring Poland’s Agricultural Powerhouse

Study tour introduction

The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) is opening doors for its members with an exclusive opportunity — an intensive market study tour to Poland. From late June to early July 2017, participants had delved into the heart of Poland’s agriculture and culture. Led by Dave Miller, IFBF’s director of research and commodity services, this tour provided unique insights into a country that has risen from the ashes of World War II and communism to become an agricultural powerhouse in Europe.

Unearthing Poland’s Agricultural Resilience

A Historical Perspective

Poland’s journey is remarkable. Devastated by war and shackled by communism, it has emerged as a beacon of agricultural resilience. The collapse of the command and control system allowed Poland to flourish, and its integration into the European Union (EU) further fueled its growth.

Competing on the Global Stage

Iowans embarking on this market study tour will discover Poland as both a competitor and a potential customer in global markets. Let’s explore two key aspects:

  1. Grain Exports: Poland shares soil characteristics with Ukraine, a formidable rival to the United States in grain exports. While Ukraine dominates large-scale grain markets, Poland’s northern climate favors small grains like wheat and barley. These grains often compete with U.S. products in the world feed grain markets.
  2. Livestock Sector: Poland’s livestock sector is on the rise. As a leading supplier of meat and other livestock products to Europe, it’s also expanding its reach beyond the EU. While some aspects of Poland’s livestock industry lag behind the United States, their progress is intriguing.

The Agri-Adventure Awaits

Study Tour: What to Expect

  • Farm & Study Tours: Get up close and personal with Polish farmers—both small-scale family farms and large commercial operations.
  • Rural & Cultural Tours: Immerse yourself in the local culture while exploring the countryside.
  • Commodity Interests: Dive into specific areas like crops, livestock, dairy, forestry, fruit, vegetables, and horticulture.
  • Agribusiness Conferences: Engage with industry experts and stay updated on the latest trends.


Poland’s story is one of resilience, growth, and agricultural prowess. As you explore its fields, meet its farmers, and learn from its successes, remember that every furrowed field tells a tale of triumph over adversity. 🌾🚜

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