Representatives from the Kansas Beef Council and other state commodity groups are in South Korea as part of a 10-day trade mission led by Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Dale Rodman.
The 18-member delegation is meeting with existing and potential buyers to build business relationships with customers for Kansas ag products.
The delegation left Saturday (9/15) for a three-day tour of Seoul, South Korea. Members of the group are discussing ways Kansas farmers and ranchers can further benefit under the U.S. – South Korea Free Trade Agreement. The next seven days will be spent in Beijing and Shanghai, China. Time in China will give participants a greater understanding of China’s food needs to feed its growing middle class.
“As the world’s population grows, demand for high-quality, safe, wholesome food grows too,” said Rodman. “Global markets play a key role in ensuring the profitability of Kansas farms, ranches and agribusinesses.”
South Korea and China are important markets for U.S. and Kansas agriculture. During 2011, Kansas agriculture exported food products totaling $125.2 million to South Korea and $49.7 million to China.
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Source: Argentine Beef Packers S.A.
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