Department of Agriculture to show international buyers grain industry

By WEEK Reporter

Department of Agriculture to show international buyers grain industry

September 7, 2012 Updated Sep 7, 2012 at 2:54 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill -- Twenty-three potential foreign grain customers will get to see Illinois' grain production first hand.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture has arranged to being the group here as part of its annual Grain Tour, a five-day "reverse trade mission" that begins on September 10.

According to the Illinois Department of Agriculture, participants will see firsthand Illinois' grain production, handling and storage techniques and learn about trade opportunities with producers and suppliers.

"Illinois agriculture owes much of its success to foreign trade and loyal customers it has throughout the world," Acting Director of Agriculture Bob Flider said.  "Nearly half our crops are exported, and the demand from our trading partners has helped us sustain a level of production that is among the highest in the United States."

The foreign buyers are coming from China, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam.

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