Due in large part to the recent terrorist attacks, the 2001 Nebraska Corn Harvest Tour, sponsored by the Nebraska Corn board, will go on a planned, but with a shortened schedule and no international guests.

The tour now will take place Oct. 2 to 4 and there won't be a biotech program Oct. 1, as previously planned.

"The Corn Harvest Tour is an excellent opportunity for us to showcase Nebraska's quality corn," said Boyd Smith, chairman of the board's Market Development Committee. "However, in light of the recent terrorist attacks and the resulting affects on travel, not to mention concerns regarding foot and mouth disease, the board felt it necessary to eliminate the international portion of the tour this year."

As a result, the tour will focus on yield data and documenting the quality of Nebraska's corn crop, said Don Hutchens, executive director of the Nebraska Corn Board.

"Shortly after the attacks, some of our international participants contacted us regarding the status of this year's tour," said Hutchens. "They were concerned about their travel.

"We fully realize the importance of highlighting Nebraska's quality corn crop to internationals buyers, and, because of that, we will work with countries on an individual basis as they bring trade teams to Nebraska in the future," noted Hutchens. "Our international customers also will be able to access statistics and digital photos from this year's tour via our Website, at"

For more information, contact the Nebraska Corn Board, at 800-632-6761.

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