Mark and Theresa Olson and the Emmet County Cattlemen were great hosts to an Argentinian study group that was touring South Dakota and Iowa this week.
The Cattlemen did it up right, grilling steaks for the Argentinians who were visibly impressed. What's particularly impressive is that these were people who were in the business themselves - ranchers and beef nutritionists - so they know beef.
And when they came to Iowa, they knew they found the real thing.
As always, the Emmet County Cattlemen did it up in style and they were the ultimate hosts. The Olsons furnished a wonderful place for the meal, a great complement to their model beef operation.
While the U.S. and Argentina complete head to head in the cattle industry, that didn't affect the reception the Cattlemen gave to their guests. The Argentinians came here to learn how to provide better nutrition for their cattle, and everyone was eager to show them how it's done here.
The whole point of it is that Iowa hospitality knows no boundaries. People here are always curious about folks in other countries and go out of their way to welcome them. We're just as eager to learn about other people as they are to learn about us, and that's mutually rewarding to everyone.
And that's what makes this such a special place.