Farming in the US during a Pandemic: Video “Report from the Farm” in Iowa

Iowa corn and soybean farmer April Hemmes gives a quick video update here on farming in May 2020, as she deals with both planting a corn crop and juggling the social distancing needs during corona restrictions. It’s a peek at her field, a look at her tractor and discusses changes brought to farming families and farmers by COVID19.

May 2020 is a time when farmers are planting crops, despite knowing that the harvest prices are likely to be low. They are watching the heartbreaking choices that livestock farmers are making when there are few channels to send their livestock.

April Hemmes is an award-winning farmer-leader in Iowa and advocate for agriculture, for women in agribusiness and enthusiastic about sharing her insights from the field in the US. Her energy and practical optimism is something we at Meros really appreciate.

Our friends at Women in Agriculture (WIA) in the US produced this report from the field as part of their new Women in Agriculture Resource Center, which offers current insights and responses from US farmers and agribusinesses on the impact of COVID19 on global food and agriculture supply chains. WIA has kindly added Japanese subtitles to this video for us! 日本語字幕付き!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wkiy2MmFu0M&t=3s&fbclid=IwAR3_rLjbJf_XxlECNe6Mak0mGGKkXsXowphWzWqxu8cJF83leB69jx-ITPw

COVID19 Update: Meros is Going Remote!

The safety of our Meros team and health of our Tokyo community is number one as we all work together to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Therefore as of March 30, 2020  Meros has moved primarily to remote work for the time being.

This has not changed how to contact us, so please don’t hesitate to reach out as usual!

Meros is committed as always to working with our global clients and partners to understand how international food and agriculture markets are changing in these uncertain times and how businesses can best adjust to these changes.

In times like these, Meros team’s agility is our strength and we will pivot to fit our clients’ changing needs and expectations. Our network of  research affiliates around the world are online and ready to help assess how conditions are evolving on-the-ground.

We will be using our social media feeds to provide updates on some of the trends on the ground in global food and agriculture industries, especially in Japan. Find us on Twitter and Facebook or email us at inquiries@merosconsulting.com.

We apologize for any disruptions or delays during this challenging period and remain deeply grateful for the people and businesses around the world supporting our common fight against coronavirus spread.

Meros Welcomes Newest Team Member Hiroki Seki

We are excited to introduce our newest Meros member, Hiroki Seki. Hiroki joined us a month ago and is already diving deep into the mysteries of seafood trade and distribution in Asia.

Hiroki has a background in public policy and management and previously worked for Ernst and Young (EY)’s consulting division in Tokyo. His recent work focused on research and advising for the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) including strategies to support Japanese female entrepreneurs and improve working environments for foreign and immigrant workers in Japan.

“I came to Meros because I was looking for work environment that was international, where I could contribute my English language abilities and interest in policy. This kind of company is very rare in Tokyo and was a great fit for me, “ Hiroki explained recently.

Hiroki is an avid traveler and always willing to face a new challenge. His recent interest is in edible insects after reporting on the recent Insect Experience Day for Meros. So far he has sampled scorpions, cricket chocolate and waterbug cider and is determined to add to this list in his next travels. We are all looking forward to his next reports from the field.

Hiroki holds a Master of Economics from Hitotsubashi University and a Master of Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University Australia. A native Japanese speaker and fluent in English.