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USDA Mission Trip Begins

Acting Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Michael Scuse leads nearly 40 American businesses on a U.S. Department of Agriculture trade mission to China starting today and ending March 28. The mission trip aims to help American businesses strike new deals, strengthen business ties, expand their markets, and support jobs for Americans. Joining Scuse on the trip are leaders from six state departments of agriculture, including Iowa, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Illinois, Kansas and South Dakota. This is the largest USDA trade mission to date.

According to Scuse, – China and the United States share a special relationship, and we embrace this opportunity to demonstrate that our U.S. farmers, ranchers, and producers are reliable suppliers of the highest-quality food and agricultural products. At the same time, USDA and our federal partners will continue to aggressively work to expand export opportunities and reduce barriers to trade.

North Carolina Department of Agriculture's Assistand Director of International Marketing, Peter Thornton is on this trip.


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