From July 20th to July 21st, 2019, Tyler Barzee, a Ph.D. candidate supervised by Professor Ruihong Zhang, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, UC Davis, had a two-day internship visit in Weifang accompanied by Michael Meng, Head of International Cooperation Department of SUFAIC.
Dr. Tyler Barzee visited various sites including the strawberry base of SUFAIC, greenhouses in Hanting National Modern Agriculture Industrial Park, Food Innovation Works of SUFAIC, Yuquanwa Planting Cooperative and Ludong Fruit Wholesale Market to gain a thorough understanding of Weifang's the current practice in greenhouse structure design, water and fertilizer application, biomass recycling as well as the export and deep processing of local fruits and vegetables.
Visit SUFAIC base
Visit Food Innovation Works，tasting its products.
Visit Ludong Fruit Wholesale Market
Visit Yuquanwa Planting Cooperative
Meeting with SUFAIC
On July 22nd, 2019, Dr. Tyler Barzee held a discussion with Director David Ji and Michael Meng, Head of International Cooperation Department of SUFAIC during which he shared the research results of UC Davis on the production of solid biofertilizers from anaerobically digested organic wastes like manure and kitchen waste, methane emission from dairy farms as well as the practice of California in applying liquid and solid digestate fertilizers and natural gas extracted from biogas. SUFAIC is very interested in the production of solid biofertilizers, substrate and natural gas from anaerobic digestate, expressing its aspiration to work with UC Davis to industrialize this technology in China and export it to OBOR countries including Pakistan and South Africa so as to help them achieve a recycled agriculture.