USDA Under Secretary Taylor to Lead Netherlands Trade Mission
WASHINGTON, April 6, 2023 – U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Alexis M. Taylor will lead USDA’s first-ever regional agribusiness trade mission to the Netherlands between April 17-20. Taylor will head a diverse delegation of more than 50 business, trade associations and state government leaders seeking to grow U.S. agricultural exports to the Netherlands, Scandinavia, and beyond.
“This regional trade mission is part of USDA’s ongoing efforts to strengthen America’s rural economy by helping U.S. producers, exporters, and agribusinesses grow and diversify their revenue streams,” said Taylor. “Home to the largest seaport in all of Europe and an impressive network of importers, packers, processors, and distributors, the Netherlands is the gateway into the European Union, offering great business potential for U.S. agricultural exporters.”
During the mission, U.S. participants will meet with importers from the Netherlands, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark. “Combined exports of U.S. farm and food products to this region totaled $4.5 billion in 2022, an increase of 10 percent from 2021,” added Taylor.
With demand for high-quality U.S. products on the rise, Under Secretary Taylor expressed optimism that the Netherlands trade mission will provide promising export opportunities for the wide variety of products American agriculture has to offer, from soybeans and tree nuts to meat and sweet potatoes, snacks, distilled spirits, forestry products, and more.
While on the trade mission, participants will conduct business-to-business meetings with potential buyers, receive market briefings from USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) and industry trade experts, and participate in site visits.
In addition to representatives from the following companies and organizations, Taylor will be joined by California Secretary of Food and Agriculture Karen Ross, Maine Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Amanda Beal, Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson, North Dakota Commissioner of Agriculture Doug Goehring, and officials from the Georgia, Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Carolina, and Tennessee state departments of agriculture.
- Aer-Cos International, Marlboro, N.J.
- American Commodity Company, LLC, Williams, Calif.
- American Trading International, Los Angeles, Calif.
- Bard Valley Date Growers, Yuma, Ariz.
- Beck & Bulow, Santa Fe, N.M.
- Best Buy Grocers, Inc., Seattle, Wash.
- Blue Diamond Growers, Sacramento, Calif.
- DBL D BAR Beefmaster Ranch, New Ulm, Texas
- East-West International Group, Inc., Moreland Hills, Ohio
- Farm Pak Products Inc., Spring Hope, N.C.
- Fram Renewable Fuels, LLC, Hazlehurst, Ga.
- Food Export Association of the Midwest, Chicago, Ill.
- Fresh Nature Foods, Walla Walla, Wash.
- Grassland International, B.V., Greenwood, Wis.
- International American Supermarkets Corp., Piscataway, N.J.
- JM Grain, Garrison, N.D.
- Kizable, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
- MEM Fairway, Inc., Irvine, Calif.
- Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, Mankato, Minn.
- Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation, Jackson, Miss.
- Morgan Forestry Consultants, Inc., Wytheville, Va.
- North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission, Benson, N.C.
- R. Smith Nut Company, Pittsboro, N.C.
- Red Lake Inc., Red Lake, Minn.
- Redwood International, Irvine, Calif.
- Rising Tide Global, LLC, Westfield, N.Y.
- Route66 International Inc., Hackensack, N.J.
- Sartori Cheese, Plymouth, Wis.
- Southern United States Trade Association, New Orleans, La.
- Specialty Soya and Grains Alliance, Mankato, Minn.
- Stahmanns Pecans, La Mesa, N.M.
- Sun Valley Rice, Arbuckle, Calif.
- Sunday Night Foods, LLC, Des Moines, Iowa
- Tropical Harvest Slushies and Juices, Jamaica, N.Y.
- U.S. Grains Council, Washington, D.C.
- U.S. Industrial Pellet Association, Richmond, Va.
- U.S. Soybean Export Council, Chesterfield, Mo.
- USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council, Moscow, Idaho
- USA Rice Federation, Arlington, Va.
- Western U.S. Agricultural Trade Association, Vancouver, Wash.
- Westwood Market, LLC, Naples, Fla.
In addition to the trade mission to the Netherlands, USDA is also planning a trade mission to Japan in June, to Chile in September, Malaysia in October, and Angola in December 2023. Learn more about USDA trade missions by visiting https://www.fas.usda.gov/topics/trade-missions and following FAS on Twitter at @USDAForeignAg.
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