(Posted Fri. Sep 9th, 2016)
Representatives of the National Corn Growers Association, along with leaders from seven state departments of agriculture and 22 U.S. ag organizations and companies have embarked upon a trade mission to Hong Kong and Shanghai led by Deputy Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agriculture Services Alexis Taylor. This mission extends activities of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Women in Agriculture initiative into foreign markets while working to grow export opportunities for U.S. farmers and ranchers.
"Women play an important role in U.S. agriculture, and they have a story that is powerful both for those in domestic and foreign markets," said NCGA Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team member Janna Fritz, who is with the delegation. "This trade mission allows us to examine opportunities and strengthen relationships between the United States and China from a unique perspective. Together, we are working to grow trade for tomorrow while expanding the idea of who is a leader in agriculture today."
The mission began meetings this past Wednesday in Hong Kong. This regional hub, which encompasses the world's busiest cargo airport and fifth busiest container port, imports food not only for its residents but also serves as a center through which goods reach the majority of Asian markets.
In the morning, delegates met with representatives from U.S. Consul General to Hong Kong and Macau Kurt Tong, as well as staff from other U.S. offices and trade-related non-governmental agencies.
Afternoon sessions included a meeting with Hong Kong Permanent Secretary for Food and Health Cherry Tse, as well as a visit to the Seafood Expo Asia Trade Show.
Mission participants come from across the United States and represent a range of agricultural products and commodities. Over the next week, they will meet with potential customers and host government representatives, forging relationships and learning about the market conditions and business environment.