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Branstad to lead trade mission to east Asia

by Ben Nuelle World of Agriculture 10-4-16

Governor Terry Branstad will lead a trade mission to China and Japan in November.

Branstad will lead a trade mission with Iowa Economic Development Authority and other state Ag groups to Beijing and Hebei (Iowa’s sister state) in China. Tokyo is the primary destination in Japan.

Tina Hoffman is with Iowa Economic Development Authority.

“The governor has always been focused on expanding Iowa markets. In November, he is going to lead a trade mission to China and Japan to focus on the exporting of meat and meat products as well as take that opportunity to make some important meetings.”

Hoffman says Iowa’s customer base is really outside of this country.

“Certainly for Iowa agricultural products, one way to grow the market is to get our products to the countries that need them. We really do feed the world here in Iowa so it is important we continue to develop relationships in those markets and make sure we have the ability to expand into those markets.”

In China, Governor Branstad is slated to speak at China’s Food Security and Food Safety Strategy Summit and the International Meat Conference.  Additional mission highlights include a potential meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, attending a reception at U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy’s residence.

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