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Members of the Grey Wooded Forage Association are planning a trip to a new continent, and they’re looking for people to join them. The group will be hosting its inaugural tour abroad to Argentina in February 2015. The tour is focused on Argentina’s beef industry, and participants will get to visit farms, research centres, and co-operatives and have lots of opportunity to meet Argentine farmers.

“I think people are moving away from mainstream tours. They want to connect with like-minded folks. If they’re in the farming industry, they want to meet local farmers and ask questions about how they farm, the different techniques that they employ, and about the market,” said Lawrence Rowley, whose Calgary-based company, Leader Tours, designed the tour.

Partners in Argentina lead the tour group and help Canadians get past the language barrier.

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