Deputy Secretary Censky Leads Trade Mission to West Africa

  |   News Release   |   USDA 0164.19


Washington, October 25, 2019 – U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Stephen Censky will lead a trade mission to West Africa, October 28-31, to help United States exporters unlock new opportunities in a region where strong economic growth is driving demand for imported food and farm products.

“At USDA we are working to sell the bounty of American agriculture. West Africa is a bright spot with a growing middle class that are hungry for our delicious and wholesome agriculture products,” said Deputy Secretary Censky. “Through this trade mission and other efforts, USDA is proud to support President Trump’s Prosper Africa initiative, which is seeking to boost two-way trade and investment between the United States and Africa. Prosper Africa brings together the full range of U.S. government resources to connect U.S. and African businesses with new buyers, suppliers, and investment opportunities – a win for the United States and for countries across the African continent.”

The mission will be based in Accra, Ghana, and will also include buyer delegations from Côte d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Nigeria, and Senegal. Following the trade mission, Deputy Secretary Censky will hold a press call back to U.S. media. More info including RSVP info for press is at the bottom of this release.

Deputy Secretary Censky will be joined by Nebraska Department of Agriculture Director Steve Wellman, North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, officials from the Georgia Department of Agriculture, and representatives from the following companies and organizations:

  1. AFRO Plus Logistics, Bear, Delaware
  2. American Premier Meat, Connersville, Indiana
  3. American Soybean Association/World Initiative for Soy in Human Health, St. Louis, Missouri
  4. Anna Carter’s The Seed Lady, Los Angeles, California
  5. Archer Daniels Midland Company, Chicago, Illinois
  6. Berkeley Capital Group, Inc, New York, New York
  7. Crown Products, Inc, Metairie, Louisiana
  8. CTB, Inc., Milford, Indiana
  9. DAUUS Company, Bloomington, Minnesota
  10. East West International Group, Inc, Moreland, Ohio
  11. Fobrose Group, Houston, Texas
  12. Geotan Enterprises, LLC, Humble, Texas
  13. Ghantex Holdings Limited, Houston, Texas
  14. Global Export Marketing Co. Ltd., New York, New York
  15. Green Plains Inc., Omaha, Nebraska
  16. Growth Energy, Washington, D.C.
  17. Hills Harvest, College Park, Maryland
  18. International Feed Corporation, Excelsior, Minnesota
  19. I.P.P International, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  20. JBR International Trade Group, Inc., DuPont, Washington
  21. Livestock Exporters Association of the USA, Chicago, Illinois
  22. Marquis Energy, Hennepin, Illinois
  23. Mariani Packing Company, Vacaville, California
  24. National Swine Registry, West Lafayette, Indiana
  25. Neil Jones Food Company, Vancouver, Washington
  26. North Star Food Trading LLC, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  27. Now International, Bloomingdale, Illinois
  28. Oakmont & Associates, Addison, Texas
  29. Perdue Foods, Salisbury, Maryland
  30. Steel City Global Trading, LLC, Enterprise, Alabama
  31. St. Louis African Chamber of Commerce, St. Louis, Missouri
  32. Tam Global Consultants, Portland, Oregon
  33. Tomex Foods, Inc. Lombard, Illinois
  34. Triad Fisheries Ltd, Portland, Oregon
  35. U.S. Livestock Genetics Export, Inc., Mount Horeb, Wisconsin
  36. U.S. Grains Council, Washington, D.C.
  37. U.S. Soybean Export Council, Chesterfield, Missouri
  38. U.S. Wheat Associates, Arlington, Virginia
  39. United Source One, Belcamp, Maryland
  40. Virginia Natural Beef Inc., Lexington, Virginia
  41. Wakava Food and Beverage, LLC, St. Louis, Missouri
  42. Wygold LLC, Woodland, California

Deputy Secretary Censky to Hold Press Call Regarding USDA’s Trade Mission to West Africa

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Stephen Censky will hold an off-camera, on-the-record briefing regarding details of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Trade Mission to West Africa Wednesday, October 30. The briefing will be conducted via conference call beginning at 1 p.m. ET, and the information will be embargoed until the conclusion of the call. The number of lines are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis, so please limit to one per outlet.

*NOTE: You must RSVP to by Tuesday, October 29 at 5 p.m. ET to receive the dial in information for this call. The number of lines are limited and available on a first-come-first-served basis – please limit to one per outlet.


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