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Agriculture commissioner leads international feed mission


Mon, Dec 2nd, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota’s farmers not only provide for their neighbors here at home, but also around the world. The importance of international relationships in agriculture is the highlight of a third trip to Southeast Asia in recent years. The Minnesota delegation will travel to Vietnam and Thailand December 10-18, 2013.

Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) Commissioner Dave Frederickson will lead a group of eight delegates to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Bangkok, Thailand for the feed-focused trade mission. The delegation includes representatives of feed and feed ingredient companies as well as stakeholder organizations from Minnesota.

The primary mission goal is to arrange one-on-one meetings between Minnesota suppliers and potential overseas importers. The group will also visit a local feed mill, attend an aquaculture conference, host a networking reception in each country and coordinate an educational event for local livestock producers. “We’re fortunate to have this unique opportunity to showcase Minnesota’s feed industry in two very promising markets,” said Frederickson. “Relationships are key to successful international trade deals and missions like this can have a huge impact on our farm economy.”

This is the MDA’s third Minnesota feed mission to Southeast Asia since 2011. The first Vietnam mission resulted in $14 million in actual sales after 12 months; the 2012 mission to the Philippines and Indonesia resulted in actual sales of $3.8 million after 6 months (12-month sales data still forthcoming).

This mission received generous funding support from the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council and the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council. The group will also be supported in-country by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Soybean Export Council, and the U.S. Grains Council. For more information on international trade and agriculture, please visit, http://www.mda.state.mn.us/international.



CONTACT:
Michael Crusan, MDA Communications

651-201-6629, michael.crusan@state.mn.us

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