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Mar 2, 2012

U.S. to Send Large Agricultural Trade Mission to China This Month

U.S. Acting Under Secretary
of Agriculture, Michael Scuse
On 1 March 2012 the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it will send a trade mission to China from 23-28 March 2012.  Last year, China became the # 1 export market for U.S. agricultural goods (purchases totaling $20 billion).  This agricultural mission is an outcome of the first U.S.-China Agricultural Symposium that was held in Iowa on 16 February 2012.

This upcoming mission to China will be "USDA's largest to date, with more than 40 U.S. agribusinesses and representatives from six State Departments of Agriculture."  It will be led by Acting Under Secretary Michael Scuse and it will go to Chengdu and Shanghai, two of China's largest cities.

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."

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