WYE MILL — Historic Old Wye Mill hosted an East Africa trade delegation as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service Program Tuesday, Oct. 1, where they learned about traditional grain processing.

The 13-member delegation hailed from the Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Malawi. A tour of the mill was followed by a presentation of the historic significance of the property by John Nizer, president of the Friends of Wye Mill Inc.

The U.S. Grain Council worked with the Maryland Grain Producers to develop this partnership, as well.

The tour was for the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service 2019 Cochran Fellowship Program being held Sept. 28 through Oct. 13, 2019 in Washington, D.C.

The summit was conducted by Dr. Xinyu Wu, director of the Visiting International Professional Program at Michigan State University and Dr. Sanjeev Joshi of the Agricultural Research Service. The team toured Nagel’s Farm Service in Wye Mills. Rob Davis, market advisor for Nagel’s, asked the Friends of Wye Mill Inc. also to be included in the Eastern Shore tours.

The mill is the oldest continuously operated water-powered grist mill in the United States and the oldest commercial structure in continuous use in Maryland. Information for tours and volunteer opportunities are available at www.oldwyemill.org.

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