USDA Under Secretary Taylor to Lead Trade Mission to Southeast Asia
WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2023 – Leaders from three state agriculture departments and 29 U.S. agribusinesses and organizations will accompany U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary Alexis M. Taylor on a trade mission to Southeast Asia October 30 – November 3 to expand export opportunities for U.S. food and farm products to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the world’s fourth-largest market.
“Increasing trade and investment between the United States and Southeast Asia is a key priority for the Biden-Harris Administration, as evidenced by the U.S.-ASEAN Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” said Taylor, who leads USDA’s Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs mission area. “Through this agribusiness trade mission, USDA is proud to support that partnership, which aims to increase bilateral commerce and investment between the United States and Southeast Asia.”
The delegation will travel to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Singapore – both billion-dollar export markets for U.S. food and agriculture. Trade mission participants will engage directly with potential buyers, receive in-depth market briefings from USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service and industry experts, and participate in site visits.
While in Singapore, Taylor will also meet with the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council Inc., the leading voice for more than 175 American companies working to promote mutually beneficial trade between the United States and 10 countries that comprise the ASEAN (Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam).
In addition to representatives from the following businesses and organizations, Taylor will be joined by California Secretary of Food and Agriculture Karen Ross, Montana Deputy Director of Agriculture Zachary Coccoli, and South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture and Natural Resources Hunter Roberts.
- Aero-Cos International Ltd., Marlboro, N.J.
- American Egg Board, Chicago, Ill.
- Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers, Seattle, Wash.
- California Walnut Commission, Folsom, Calif.
- CAS InterGlobal, Pleasanton, Calif.
- Danone North America, White Plains, N.Y.
- East West International Group, Inc., Moreland Hills, Ohio
- Farm Breeze International LLC, Tacoma, Wash
- Food Export Association of the Midwest USA, Chicago, Ill.
- Food Export USA Northeast, Philadelphia, Pa.
- Hang Tung Resources Co., Ltd, Glenview, Ill.
- Idaho Potato Commission, Eagle, Idaho
- Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery, Silver City, N.M.
- National Pork Board, Des Moines, Iowa
- Organic Trade Association, Washington, D.C.
- Organic Valley, La Farge, Wis.
- Pig Improvement Company, Hendersonville, Tenn.
- Red Lake, Inc., Red Lake, Minn.
- Redwood International, Irvine, Calif.
- Santini Foods, Inc., San Lorenzo, Calif.
- Scheier Farms, Salem, S.D.
- Space Enterprises, LLC, The Woodlands, Texas
- Specialty Soya and Grains Alliance, Mankato, Minn.
- Sweet Street, Reading, Pa.
- U.S. Grains Council, Washington, D.C.
- U.S. International Foods LLC, St. Louis, Mo.
- U.S. Soybean Export Council, Chesterfield, Mo.
- U.S. Wine Exports Company, Ltd, Ravenna, Ohio
- WeFARM Organics, Santa Fe Springs, Calif.
The next USDA trade mission will take place November 28 – December 1 to Angola.
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