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Indiana Lt. Gov to Lead Trade Delegation to Asia

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Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann announced today that she will lead a delegation of agricultural business leaders and commodity representatives on her first international trade mission to Asia.  According to the Lt. governor's office, the two week junket, which leaves Saturday, will visit Japan, South Korea and Taiwan--three countries that already have strong trade relations with Indiana.  Ellspermann says that this mission will allow, "Hoosier agricultural businesses to explore new markets and expand...current trade activities with these key Asian customers as well as encourage additional investments in Indiana."  According to her office, Indiana's agriculture industry and agri-business, "employ 475,000 Hoosiers with 34,800 jobs directly related to agriculural exports.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, Indiana has nearly $4.7 billion in agricultural exports each year. Indiana is ranked among the highest in the nation in exporting the following commodities:  
      5th in soy meal ($347 million)
      4th in vegetables oils ($294 million)
      5th in corn ($641 million)
      5th in pork ($344 million)
      5th in feeds and fodder ($391 million)
      6th in grain products ($302 million)
The cost of the trade mission is being covered through private donations. In addition to Lt. Governor Ellspermann, the state will be represented by Ted McKinney, Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) and ISDA’s economic development team.
Hoosiers can follow the Lt. Governor’s trade mission, including video clips and photos, at http://www.lg.in.gov/Asia2014 or on social media with the hashtag, “#LgTradeMission”.


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