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NDTO Member Profile: RDO Equipment Co.

RDO Equipment Co.’s Olga Hall always knew she would work in international business. She grew up in Siberia, Russia during the Soviet regime, with two industrious parents who taught her about persistence and perseverance. Those traits have come in handy during her nearly 20-year career that has taken her around the world, supplying customers with the agricultural equipment they need. As Director of International Sales at RDO Equipment Co., she leads the company’s export division and works closely with RDO Equipment Co.’s international partners.

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Lessons from the Largest Cyberattacks in 2017

We all receive suspicious emails now and then, but have you ever been tempted to open an attachment from an unknown source? Or unconsciously downloaded a file without thinking? You’re not alone, but the most widespread global cyberattacks have been a result of doing just that. Read on for information on the attacks that affected the most people worldwide and how they could have been prevented.

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Free Trade Advances, Just Not in the US

Free trade agreements abound across the globe while the US remains in protectionist mode. Europe and Asia are the most active players, each moving forward with multiple trade deals. The following highlights the agreements being negotiated or completed.

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Upcoming Trade Missions 2018

The North Dakota Trade Office (NDTO) is excited to announce four upcoming trade missions. These trade missions will be focused on North Dakota’s agricultural products and equipment, and each will include opportunities for funding. Below is a list of the events taking place in the months ahead. Continue reading …

Indoor Farms May Solve Food Desert Problem

There’s been a lot of buzz about indoor farming. Indoor farming, or vertical farming, is said to be another step towards being able to feed the 10 billion people expected on our planet in 2050. Although many vertical farming companies have tried and failed, indoor farms in the U.S., Netherlands and Germany are finding success – and record amounts of investment – by using the latest in agricultural technology.

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Press Release: NDTO Receives Service Award for Aircraft Project with Weather Modification in South Korea

The Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) presented North Dakota Trade Office Manager of Business Development Jiwon Kim with an award in Seoul, South Korea on December 20 for facilitating a contract between KMA and Fargo-based Weather Modification International. North Dakota Trade Office (NDTO) member Weather Modification International recently completed the project for KMA, which included the installation, training and delivery of a state-of-the-art atmospheric research aircraft. The aircraft will go on to be used for numerous missions to include pollution monitoring, atmospheric aerosol studies and operational cloud seeding programs, as well as collecting data during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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Apply for the 2017 Global Business Awards

The 2017 Global Business Awards will be presented on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at NDTO’s Global Business Connections Conference.  The two awards presented are the North Dakota Service to Exporters Award and the Exporter of the Year award.  Click here to view the award criteria. Continue reading …

NDTO Member Profile: Reile’s Transfer and Delivery

Reile’s Transfer & Delivery’s goal is to create world class supply chain solutions for small manufacturers that they would not be able to create by themselves. By combining regional freight coming in and out of Canada, the company offers efficient logistical solutions for importers and exporters by working with our trade partners to the North.  Reile’s Transfer and Delivery currently owns over 840,000 square feet of warehousing and storage space, but their origins go back to the humble task of delivering milk.

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Kringstad Ironworks uses STEP in Tatarstan, Russia

Kringstad Ironworks is closing in on deals to sell more sugar beet pilers in Russia. Their latest trip was to the Republic of Tatarstan and was partially funded by the North Dakota Trade Office’s State Trade Export Promotion (STEP) grant, a reimbursement program currently open to North Dakota exporters. The reimbursement program assisted Kringstad Ironworks in traveling to meet potential Russian customers as well as learn more about the agricultural needs of the Volga region.

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FCPA Penalties Just Got a Little Clearer

The Department of Justice announced last week that they’ve made a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) pilot program a permanent fixture. The pilot program had offered declinations – case closures without prosecution or criminal resolution – if a company had voluntarily disclosed a potential violation along with three other contingencies. Now that the program is permanent, it marks the Department of Justice’s first explicit rule on how to receive an FCPA declination through voluntary disclosure.

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