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Scuse to head trade mission to China this month

Michael Scuse

Michael Scuse

Acting Agriculture Undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Michael Scuse will lead a trade mission to China March 23 to 28, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Thursday.

More than 40 U.S. agribusinesses and representatives from six state agriculture departments are set to accompany Scuse to Chengdu and Shanghai, Vilsack said.

The secretary noted that in 2011, China moved into the top spot as the number one market for U.S. agricultural goods, purchasing $20 billion in U.S. agricultural exports.

Last month, Vilsack hosted China's Vice President Xi Jinping and Agriculture Minister Han Changfu at the first U.S.-China Agricultural Symposium in Des Moines. The agriculture ministers signed a strategic plan that focuses on agricultural science, trade and education, and looks to deepen cooperation through technical exchanges and strengthen coordination in food security and emerging technologies.