|U.S. Acting Under Secretary|
of Agriculture, Michael Scuse
The U.S. agricultural trade mission will head first to Chengdu, in western China. This is the home of the USDA's newest Agricultural Trade Office. The mission will then travel to Shanghai. In both cities, U.S. mission participants will meet with Chinese government decision makers, "business contacts, potential agents, distributors, and importers."
Strong agricultural exports are part of President Obama's National Export Initiative goal of doubling all U.S. exports by the end of 2014.
For more see: "Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Trade Mission to China with 40 U.S. Companies to Strengthen Business Ties; Sales of U.S. food and agricultural products to China have grown by 80 percent in 3 years," USDA Press Release, 1 March 2012.