USDA Heads to Russia for Second Trade Mission This Year
From December 3rd through the 7th - USDA Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Michael Scuse will lead a mission to Russia - promoting U.S. ag exports to the country - with representatives from Idaho, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Kansas - and 23 American companies. Only one-percent of U.S. companies export today - even though 95-percent of the world's consumers live outside of the U.S. - yet the U.S. ag economy is experiencing its strongest period in history with record exports and near-record income for farm families. Scuse says people around the world continue to demand U.S. food and ag products - so USDA has aggressively worked to expand export opportunities and reduce barriers to trade to ensure these successes continue. In Fiscal Year 2012 - two-way ag trade between the U.S. and Russia was valued at nearly 1.5-billion dollars - and American farm exports represented 97-percent of that total.
U.S. food and ag exports are expected to reach 143.5-billion dollars in Fiscal Year 2013 - going well above the 2011 record. USDA's goal through this mission - the second major USDA ag trade mission this year for U.S. companies - is to provide participants with first-hand market information, access to government decision makers and one-on-one meetings with business contacts, potential agents, distributors and importers so they can enter or expand their presence in the Russian market.
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