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USDA to lead agricultural trade mission to Japan

Country is the fourth-largest market for U.S. food and agricultural exports.

May 30, 2023

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USDA to lead agricultural trade mission to Japan
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USDA Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Alexis M. Taylor will lead the upcoming agricultural trade mission to Japan, June 5-8. The delegation includes a robust representation of the U.S. agriculture sector, including businesses, state departments of agriculture and commodity groups.

"As one of the world's leading economies, Japan is an important market for U.S. food and agriculture exports. It is an incredible honor to lead this delegation as we work to expand our bilateral trade relationship even further," said Taylor. "I am extremely pleased by the diverse set of businesses in our delegation as we connect many women-, minority- and veteran-owned U.S. agribusinesses with potential business partners in Japan."

Japan is the fourth-largest market for U.S. food and agricultural exports. In 2022, U.S. exports matched the previous record, totaling $14.6 billion, with exports of soybeans, dairy and other products reaching new highs. The United States is vital to ensuring food security in Japan, with nearly a quarter of all Japan's food and agricultural imports coming from U.S. exporters.

While in Japan, trade mission participants will engage directly with potential buyers, receive in-depth market briefings from USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service and industry trade experts, and participate in site visits.

In addition to representatives from the following businesses and organizations, Taylor will be joined by Idaho State Director of Agriculture Chanel Tewalt, Indiana State Director of Agriculture Don Lamb, Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles, Nebraska Director of Agriculture Sherry Vinton, North Dakota Commissioner of Agriculture Doug Goehring, and officials from the California, Georgia, Kansas, Maine, Washington and Wisconsin state departments of agriculture.

  1. Aero-Cos International, Marlboro, New Jersey

  2. All Berry & Fruits, Hillsboro, Oregon

  3. American Commodity Company, LLC, Williams, California

  4. American Egg Board, Chicago, Illinois

  5. Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers, Seattle, Washington

  6. Blue Diamond Growers, Sacramento, California

  7. Bluet Maine Wild Blueberry Sparkling Wine, Scarborough, Maine

  8. California Olive Committee, Clovis, California

  9. CraftCadia Distribution, Bellingham, Washington

  10. Crazy Go Nuts, Fresno, California

  11. Dragonberry Produce, Canby, Oregon

  12. East-West International Group, Inc., Moreland Hills, Ohio

  13. Fiscalini Farmstead, Modesto, California

  14. Global Export Marketing Co., Ltd, New York

  15. Hawaiian Viking Coffee Company, LLC, Captain Cook, Hawaii

  16. Idaho Potato Commission, Idaho Falls, Idaho

  17. Kizable, LLC, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  18. Little Toad Creek Distillery, Silver City, New Mexico

  19. Marquis Energy, Hennepin, Illinois

  20. MCT Dairies, Inc., Chatham, New Jersey

  21. Meinelschmidt Distillery, Hagerstown, Maryland

  22. MEM Fairway Inc., Irvine, California

  23. National Pork Board, Clive, Iowa

  24. North America Blueberry Council, Folsom, California

  25. OG Nut Company, Stockton, California

  26. Pacific Valley Foods, Inc., Bellevue, Washington

  27. Pennington Distilling Co., Nashville, Tennessee

  28. Red Lake, Inc., Red Lake, Minnesota

  29. Redwood International, Irvine, California

  30. Sakuma Bros, Burlington, Washington

  31. Scenic Fruit Company, Gresham, Oregon

  32. Space Enterprises LLC, The Woodlands, Texas

  33. Specialty Soya and Grains Alliance, Mankato, Minnesota

  34. U.S. Grains Council, Washington, D.C.

  35. U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council, Folsom, California

  36. U.S. Soybean Export Council, Chesterfield, Missouri

  37. USA Rice, Arlington, Virginia

  38. Western United States Agricultural Trade Association, Vancouver, Washington

  39. Wilbur Packing Co., Inc, Live Oak, California

  40. Yopun Tea, Kennewick, Washington

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