USDA to lead agricultural trade mission to JapanUSDA to lead agricultural trade mission to Japan
Country is the fourth-largest market for U.S. food and agricultural exports.
May 30, 2023
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.
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All Berry & Fruits, Hillsboro, Oregon
American Commodity Company, LLC, Williams, California
American Egg Board, Chicago, Illinois
Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers, Seattle, Washington
Blue Diamond Growers, Sacramento, California
Bluet Maine Wild Blueberry Sparkling Wine, Scarborough, Maine
California Olive Committee, Clovis, California
CraftCadia Distribution, Bellingham, Washington
Crazy Go Nuts, Fresno, California
Dragonberry Produce, Canby, Oregon
East-West International Group, Inc., Moreland Hills, Ohio
Fiscalini Farmstead, Modesto, California
Global Export Marketing Co., Ltd, New York
Hawaiian Viking Coffee Company, LLC, Captain Cook, Hawaii
Idaho Potato Commission, Idaho Falls, Idaho
Kizable, LLC, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Little Toad Creek Distillery, Silver City, New Mexico
Marquis Energy, Hennepin, Illinois
MCT Dairies, Inc., Chatham, New Jersey
Meinelschmidt Distillery, Hagerstown, Maryland
MEM Fairway Inc., Irvine, California
National Pork Board, Clive, Iowa
North America Blueberry Council, Folsom, California
OG Nut Company, Stockton, California
Pacific Valley Foods, Inc., Bellevue, Washington
Pennington Distilling Co., Nashville, Tennessee
Red Lake, Inc., Red Lake, Minnesota
Redwood International, Irvine, California
Sakuma Bros, Burlington, Washington
Scenic Fruit Company, Gresham, Oregon
Space Enterprises LLC, The Woodlands, Texas
Specialty Soya and Grains Alliance, Mankato, Minnesota
U.S. Grains Council, Washington, D.C.
U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council, Folsom, California
U.S. Soybean Export Council, Chesterfield, Missouri
USA Rice, Arlington, Virginia
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Wilbur Packing Co., Inc, Live Oak, California
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