Russia Trip by USDA Seeks Trade Opportunities

December 2, 2012 11:00 PM

A USDA trade mission to Russia that begins Monday and runs through Friday seeks to open new opportunities for U.S. exports, the department announced.

"Less restrictions abroad, stronger trade deals for U.S. agriculture, and greater export assistance for U.S. businesses supports more than 1 million Americans jobs in industries from packing and shipping, to food processing, to transportation," says Michael Scuse, under secretary for farm and foreign agricultural services. "This is an American-made success story that we’re bringing to Russia and many other nations demanding the highest-quality, American-grown products."

During the 2012 fiscal year, two-way agricultural trade between the U.S. and Russia was valued at approximately $1.5 billion, USDA says. Ninety-seven percent of that total came from American farm exports.

Participating in the trip will be people from North Dakota, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Idaho, as well as representatives of 21 U.S. companies such as CNH, Alltech and United Dairymen of Arizona.

Exports of U.S. food and agricultural products are projected to reach a record $143.5 billion during the 2013 fiscal year, USDA says.

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