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DATCP Leaders in China This Week for Trade Mission
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 04/21/2015

State Agriculture Secretary Ben Brancel and staff from DATCP's International Agribusiness Center are in China this week leading a delegation of more than 30 Wisconsin agricultural professionals on a trade mission to Wisconsin's sister state, Heilongjiang Province, China.

Brancel says a three-pronged approach to the mission will include meetings with government leaders to discuss important trade issues.

"This approach includes direct business-to-business contacts at the China World Dairy Expo and Summit starting Wednesday in Harbin," Brancel said. "The Wisconsin Pavilion is the largest in the U.S. portion of the trade show and includes companies selling feed, farm equipment, dairy genetics, cheese and ginseng."

The UW-River Falls Dairy Pilot Plant has developed a ginseng and cranberry ice-cream for trade show visitors to sample.

The second prong of opportunity is for Wisconsin farmers and agriculturalists to demonstrate dairy expertise during the U.S./China Dairy Forum, scheduled Tuesday in Harbin. State Veterinarian Dr. Paul McGraw along with Wisconsin farmers, cheese processors and university educators will be presenting during the forum.

The trade mission's third prong includes government-to-government meetings during which Brancel, along with USDA officials, will discuss important trade issues such as barriers or hurdles that might affect trade between Wisconsin and China.

China ranked third in 2014 for agricultural exports from Wisconsin.

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