Kurdistan, an autonomous region located in northern Iraq, aims to become the ‘Breadbasket of the Middle East’ – and they are turning to North Dakota for assistance. A small delegation from North Dakota returned from Iraq last week where they met with Iraqi and Kurdish leaders to discuss agribusiness cooperation.
JM Grain, a processor and exporter of dried peas, lentils and chickpeas headquartered in Garrison, ND, is just one example of a North Dakota company that has used STEP ND funds to increase international sales. Most recently, JM Grain used the program to offset costs for the Colombia and Brazil Trade Mission, which resulted in an immediate contract in Colombia for green peas, yellow peas and lentils.
FARGO – Farmers, food processors and government officials met in Fargo and Carrington last week to discuss the impact of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), federal regulations intended to reduce the risk of unsafe food.
Individuals are invited to submit comment to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on two recently-proposed FSMA regulations prior to May 16, 2013.
NDTO is planning the Norway Trade Mission, scheduled for June 8-15, 2013. The itinerary will include tours and one-on-one meetings with potential buyers, scheduled with assistance from the US Commercial Service in Oslo. Part of the delegation, led by Norsk Hostfest out of Minot, ND, will also visit Telemark, Stavanger, and Skien, the sister city of Minot.
Companies with interest in the Norwegian market are encouraged to contact NDTO prior to April 26 for opportunity assessment.
NDTO and our partners have a full agenda of events, trade missions and trade shows planned for the second quarter (April-June) 2013. Below is a list of events. All initiatives are eligible for STEP ND funding.
FARGO, N.D. – Fourteen North Dakota companies and organizations have returned home after a week in Beijing and Guangzhou, China, where they successfully demonstrated uses for North Dakota’s high-quality commodities in Chinese food products. The “Better for You Food Ingredients” event was organized by the North Dakota Trade Office (NDTO), the North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) and the Northern Crops Institute (NCI) and was led by Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring.
The first quarter of 2013 has been busy for NDTO, our partners and our member companies. We’ve traveled the world, hosted international leaders and businesspeople and held a variety of educational events. Here are just a few highlights:
FARGO, N.D. – Over $13 million in global sales is anticipated as a result of first quarter activities funded by STEP ND, the financial assistance and training program for North Dakota small business exporters, facilitated by the North Dakota Trade Office (NDTO). The STEP ND program is made possible by a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) grant which was awarded to NDTO through the SBA State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) program. STEP ND began Oct. 1, 2012 and will run through Sept. 30, 2013.
NDTO and four regional equipment manufacturers will head to Uruguay March 13-16 to attend ExpoActiva Nacional, the largest agriculture equipment trade show in Uruguay with more than 25,000 attendees, annually. This will be the fourth year that NDTO has had a presence at ExpoActiva.
FARGO, N.D. – Fourteen North Dakota companies will travel March 16-23 to Beijing and Guangzhou, China, to showcase the state’s high-quality agricultural commodities and food products to some of the China’s largest food manufacturers and processors.