In September 2012 the North Dakota Trade Office was awarded a grant of $671,437 from the US Small Business Administration (SBA) to assist in expanding North Dakota’s small businesses’ exports. In just over a year, the program resulted in over $89.5 million in immediate international sales for small-to-medium sized North Dakota companies.
North Dakota Trade Office (NDTO) IP soybean exporters have been sought out by the Korean government to fulfill bean sprout quotas set by the US-Korea Free Trade Agreement. Three exporters will fulfill half of the total US quota and have signed contracts to export 1600MT of identity-preserved soybeans, totaling approximately $2 million, to Korea in 2015.
A delegation of seven North Dakota companies, along with the North Dakota Trade Office (NDTO) is heading to Italy and Croatia to meet with food buyers, specifically in the pulse industry, November 10-14. This is the first North Dakota trade mission to the Mediterranean since NDTO led a group of pulse exporters to Italy in 2005; this is the first North Dakota-led trade mission to Croatia.
The North Dakota Trade Office (NDTO), along with North Dakota agriculture machinery and technology companies, are returning to the KazAgro Farm Show October 27-29 in Astana, Kazakhstan. This year, the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan – the main sponsor of the show – has invited NDTO to co-sponsor the program, because of North Dakota’s long-standing relationship with leaders in the Kazakh agriculture sector.
NDTO, along with a group of seven North Dakota export companies, hosted a delegation of five specialty crop importers and food specialists from Philippines and Singapore September 22-26, 2014. This reverse trade mission was a follow-up to the successful North Dakota trade mission to Manila and Singapore in February 2014.
North Dakota hosted more than 75 international visitors from 15 countries in September as part of the Big Iron International Visitor’s Program, the international portion of the Big Iron Farm Show that connects North Dakota agribusinesses with international buyers. The program, which ran Sept. 8-11, is facilitated by the North Dakota Trade Office (NDTO) and the US Commercial Service.
Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring today unveiled a new export enhancement program that helps North Dakota exporters of agricultural commodities increase sales while minimizing their risk.
A delegation of 17 cattle specialists from Kazakhstan will tour North Dakota August 19-25 to meet with regional ranchers and livestock experts for training on animal health, breeding and general animal husbandry. This initiative is organized by the North Dakota Trade Office (NDTO) and the Khan-Tengri consulting company in Astana, Kazakhstan. The training session is part of an ongoing livestock initiative between North Dakota and Kazakhstan, as a total of $25 million worth of live cattle have been exported from North Dakota to Kazakhstan since 2010.
A delegation of 20 Chinese buyers and food scientists will tour North Dakota Aug. 11-17 to meet with producers and processors of identity-preserved soybeans and other specialty crops. The reverse trade mission is organized by the North Dakota Trade Office (NDTO) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Trade Office in Beijing.
FARGO, N.D. – Businesses across the state will meet with delegates from China and Kazakhstan in the coming weeks with the goal of selling North Dakota specialty foods and livestock to the Chinese and Kazakh markets, respectively. Twenty Chinese buyers interested in identity-preserved soybeans and other specialty crops will be in the state August 11-15; a delegation of 18 Kazakh livestock buyers will visit North Dakota August 19-25. Both initiatives are organized by the North Dakota Trade Office (NDTO) with help of the USDA Agricultural Trade Office (ATO) in Beijing and the Khan-Tengri consulting company in Astana, Kazakhstan.