The Kansas Department of Agriculture continues to work with Kansas farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses as they reach international customers. In February, Kansas ranchers Ron Hinrichsen and Brad Rayl, as well as Agtech, Inc. President John Curtis, represented Kansas at AgroFarm Russia--the largest livestock show in Russia. Representatives from Agtech, Inc. displayed their embryo transfer and artificial insemination products and trainings. They also presented a seminar for Russian producers on the use of breeding technologies in the modern beef and dairy herd. Kansas ranchers were on hand to promote Kansas beef cattle genetics--live cattle, semen and embryos.
Ron Hinrichsen of Westmoreland discusses Angus genetics with a Russian producer with the help of a translator.
With 96 percent of the world's population living outside the United States, our international work is becoming critical to serving customers in other countries in all areas. This month, Kansas companies Original Juan's Specialty Foods; Kansas City, Pantry Shelf; Hutchinson and Rabbit Creek Products; Louisburg conducted a Kansas Department of Agriculture/Food Export focused trade mission to India. While in India, company representatives displayed and sampled their products in New Delhi at the AAHAR Food Show and then proceeded on to Mumbai for tours and meetings with food retailers.
Kansas Department of Agriculture staff and companies will leave this week for a U.S. Department of Agriculture-led trade mission to Chengdu and Shanghai, China, to market Kansas finished foods and ingredients.
Additionally, recruitment is currently under way for a focused trade mission for Kansas food companies to Germany and Switzerland June 24 to July 1. Finally, initial plans are forming for a livestock genetics-focused trade mission to Russia in later summer 2012 and a governor-led agricultural trade mission to South Korea and China in September 2012.
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