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USDA announces China trade trip participants

Leaders from six state departments of agriculture and representatives of 39 companies are taking part in what Acting Agriculture Undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Michael Scuse is describing as “the largest U.S. trade mission to date.”

Scuse is leading the delegation to Chengdu and Shanghai on a trip that starts today, the Agriculture Department announced Thursday.

Deputy Undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Darci Vetter and U.S. Chief Agriculture Negotiator Islam Siddiqui will join the group in Shanghai.

China has become the single largest market for U.S. agriculture products. Scuse noted in a news release that Chinese demand for bulk commodities is already high and that its interest in high-value products such as meat and processed foods continues to grow. USDA, he added, now has seven offices in China.

Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey, Oklahoma Agriculture Secretary Jim Reese and representatives from North Carolina, Illinois, Kansas and South Dakota make up the state delegations.

Participating companies and their principal products


  1. AgWorld International, Illinois — Breeding stock, livestock, veterinary equipment
  2. Airfresh Seafood, Washington — Seafood
  3. The Biltmore Company, North Carolina — Wine, tourism
  4. C.I.B., Minnesota — Barley, biotechnology
  5. CK International, Ltd., Iowa — Pork and pork products, produce
  6. Case New Holland, Delaware — Equipment
  7. China Iowa Group, Iowa — Animal feed, consumer and industrial goods
  8. Cranberry Marketing, Massachusetts — Cranberries
  9. Dantzler, Florida — Forestry products
  10. Des Moines Area Community College, Iowa — Education
  11. Diamond V, Iowa — Animal feed
  12. Dodge City Beef, Kansas — Beef
  13. Duck Pond Cellars, Oregon — Wine
  14. Faegre B.D. Consulting, Iowa — Legal consulting
  15. Far West Fruit Co., Oregon — Fruits and vegetables
  16. Garuda International, California — Food ingredients
  17. Glacier Treasures, New York — Wine
  18. Herr's Foods Inc., Pennsylvania — Snack foods
  19. KH International, Georgia — Dried fruits and nuts
  20. Kerns and Associates, Iowa — Agricultural risk management
  21. Land ‘O Lakes Purina, Washington — Dairy, feed and processed products
  22. North Food Group, Texas — Meat, poultry, seafood, grocery products, produce
  23. OSI Group, Hong Kong — Commercial food sourcing
  24. Pacific Ag Commodities, California — Grains, inputs, ingredients, oil, dairy, grocery products
  25. PS International Ltd., North Carolina — Meat, poultry, edible oils, flour, sugar, other commodities
  26. Sage Hill Northwest, Washington — Feed products
  27. SIG International Iowa, Iowa — Pork
  28. Spring Lake Winery, New York — Wine
  29. Stine Seed Company, Iowa — Seeds
  30. Sun-Maid Growers CA, California — Dried fruit
  31. Syngenta, LLC, Wisconsin — Biotechnology, seeds
  32. Taylor Brothers Farms, California — Prunes, cherries, pomegranate products
  33. Ten Square International, Iowa — Import/export
  34. U.S.-China Ag Center, Iowa — Non-profit
  35. U.S. Grains Council, Washington, D.C. — USDA cooperator group representing corn, barley, grain sorghum, agribusiness
  36. Valley Pride Sales, Inc., Washington — Potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, spirits
  37. Valley Proteins, Inc., Virginia — Recycled animal fats and proteins
  38. Vermeer Corporation, Iowa — Equipment
  39. World Wood Wholesale, North Carolina — Wood