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Scuse to lead Russia trade mission

Michael Scuse

Michael Scuse

Michael Scuse, Agriculture undersecretary for farm and foreign agricultural services, will lead a trade mission to Russia next week, just as Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., expects the Senate to approve a bill to grant Russia most favored nation trading status.

The Agriculture Department is expected to announce the mission on Thursday, but North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring announced today that he would be joining other state agriculture and agribusiness leaders on the trip, which is scheduled Monday through Friday.
Doug Goehring

Doug Goehring
“This is an opportunity to assess that $40 billion Russian market and to learn what products Russian consumers want and how to best establish a trade relationship with the different factions and address import/export requirements and policies that can hinder the movement of goods and services into the Russian market,” Goehring said.

Other participants include the agriculture secretaries or directors of Idaho, Missouri and Oklahoma, and representatives of more than 20 U.S. agriculture businesses and commodity groups, Goehring added.

“The mission is geared toward ensuring that U.S. small and medium-sized agribusinesses are able to take advantage of these market opportunities,” Goehring said. “Already, several North Dakota agricultural export companies have contacted the North Dakota Department of Agriculture, expressing interest in entering the Russian market.”

During the five-day mission to Moscow and St. Petersburg, the delegation will visit Russian farms, processing facilities and food retail operations, Goehring said. They will also meet with officials from the Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Economic Development and with U.S. embassy and consular officials, he said.

The following companies will participate in the trade mission, according to a USDA list obtained by The Hagstrom Report:

  • Alltech, Inc., animal nutrition supplements, Nicholasville, Ky.
  • Case New Holland, agricultural equipment, Racine, Wis.
  • Cuba Beverage Company, herbal energy drinks, San Diego, Calif.
  • Commercial Lynks, Inc., international food exporter, Alexandria, Va.
  • Erie Foods International, milk protein technology products, Erie, Ill.
  • Food Source, Inc., spice, seasoning and ingredient distributor, San Juan, Texas.
  • Garuda International, Inc., natural ingredients for food and beverage industry, Exeter, Calif.
  • Holder Brothers Beef, producers, Altus, Okla.
  • Idaho Potato Commission, Eagle, Idaho
  • IMG Citrus, producer and exporter, Vero Beach, Fla.
  • Intervision Foods, frozen meat and poultry exporter, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Landi Organic Baby, organic baby food, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Missouri State University, Springfield, Mo.
  • Mixes, Inc., specialty baking mixes, Hutchinson, Kan.
  • National Raisin Co., dried fruit processor, Fowler, Calif.
  • Ocean Spray International Services, cranberry and grapefruit grower cooperative, Middleboro, Mass.
  • Original Juan Specialty Foods, gourmet hot sauces, condiments and snacks, Kansas City, Kan.
  • Pan-European Trade Enterprises, LLC
  • Rabbit Creek Products, gourmet food mixes, Louisburg, Kan.
  • Stamey Cattle Company, LLP, livestock exporter, Statesville, N.C.
  • Stunning Global, LLC
  • Thorn Creek Insurance Services, agricultural, farm and livestock insurer, Springfield, Ill.
  • United Dairymen of Arizona, milk cooperative, Tempe, Ariz.