Dr. William Benjy Mikel, associate vice president and executive director of international Institute of Mississippi State University, and his assistant visited JAAS on October 19, 2011. JAAS Vice Presidents Lu Xiaoxi and Chang Youhong received the guests and both sides held extensive discussions. The participants also included researchers of the Institute of Veterinary Medicine, the Institute of Biotechnology and Institute of Food Safety and Monitoring Technology of JAAS. Both sides reached consensus on long term collaboration in multi areas between MSU and JAAS. Accompanied by Vice Presidents Lu and Chang, the guests had a guided tour to JAAS research institutes, ecological park, research station and enterprises. They were impressed by the efforts done by JAAS in agriculture research, technology service and outreach, demonstration & industrialization of agriculture and expressed their intent to strengthen bilateral exchanges and cooperation.