The North Dakota Trade Office (NDTO) has received funding from the North Dakota Department of Agriculture, which administers the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant program. The NDTO will use the funds to increase competitiveness and market opportunities for specialty crop companies in the Philippines. Specialty crops included in this program are peas, beans, lentils, chickpeas and potatoes. This is the third Specialty Crop Block Grant that the NDTO has received, with previous grants awarded in 2014 and 2015.
Precision Equipment Manufacturing of Fargo is very excited about their newest product – a highly efficient portable heater that uses magnetic fields to generate heat. Originally designed as an industrial heater, they are now exploring many other uses for the “dry” heat in applications across the globe. The company’s latest product comes after a series of calculated progressions that have taken the business from manufacturing custom firetrucks to specialty trailer fabrication to flameless heating units. Founder Bob Nelson has led Precision Equipment Manufacturing through the evolution. Nelson has spent his 35 year-long career capitalizing on his ability to navigate the changing markets.
The North Dakota Trade Office (NDTO) announced today that it has been awarded a $231,045 grant by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) through its State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) to build on North Dakota’s success in expanding international exports. NDTO will use the funds to create STEP ND 2016, a program that will enable eligible North Dakota companies to receive monetary reimbursement for international business activities. This one-year program is now accepting applications for activities through September 29, 2017. This is the third STEP Grant that the NDTO has received, with previous STEP grants awarded in 2012 and 2015.
Delegates from India arrived this week to take part in a reverse trade mission focusing on North Dakota soybeans. Twelve delegates from the South Asian country are currently participating in educational sessions, meetings with company representatives, and an evaluation comparing North Dakota and Indian soybeans. Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring also joined the group to support the trade relations established earlier this year during North Dakota’s first India Trade Mission in February.
Press Release: North Dakota Hosted Large African Delegation During 10th Annual Big Iron International Visitors Program
North Dakota hosted over 120 international visitors from more than 10 countries as part of the Big Iron International Visitors Program, the portion of the Big Iron Farm Show connecting international equipment buyers with North Dakota businesses. The International Visitors Program (IVP) ran Sept. 13-15 and was organized by the North Dakota Trade Office (NDTO) with the cooperation of the U.S. Commercial Service. Since 2007, the NDTO’s Big Iron IVP has brought over 950 international guests to North Dakota.
Elbit Systems of America, a subsidiary of Elbit Systems Ltd, along with its local partners, hosted an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) field day August 22 at the Hillsboro Regional Airport to highlight its recent HERMES® 450 flights over North Dakota. The event welcomed ND Commerce Commissioner, Al Anderson, who served as Master of Ceremonies. Also attending were U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D. and U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D.
Great Northern Ag is led by a husband and wife team that found themselves returning to their farming roots after years of living outside of the state. A constant evolution of their operations has turned their family farm in Plaza, ND into a global business. Their efforts have taken them around the world as they’ve marketed pulses and specialty crops, often grown using their own line of genetics.
North Dakota exporters hosted two international delegations last month as the state’s specialty crop and identity-preserved (IP) soybean markets continue to draw international interest. Delegations from Colombia and China met with North Dakota companies, took part in educational events, and toured the state as part of long term efforts to maintain strong trade relationships with the two countries. The missions were organized through the cooperation of the North Dakota Trade Office, Northern Crops Institute, Northern Pulse Growers Association, Northarvest Bean Association, North Dakota Soybean Council, North Dakota State University, Bean Products Committee of China and the Foreign Agricultural Service in China.
The presidential elections are coming up in November and Americans nationwide are deciding which candidate’s viewpoints best match their own. With the debates beginning next month, there will surely be some heated discussion on hot button topics such as the environment, crime and health care. Here at the NDTO we are interested in presidential viewpoints on trade. While we wait for these issues to be addressed next month, we decided to take a look at trade from a historical viewpoint. Here are some highlights (and low points) of significant trade impacts made by past presidents.
On a cool day in September 2006, the North Dakota Trade Office launched its first ever Big Iron International Visitors Program (IVP). Visitors from around the world traveled to West Fargo, ND to participate for the first time in four days of specialized events designed to build relationships between potential foreign buyers and North Dakota’s agricultural equipment companies. The Big Iron Farm Show is the region’s largest agricultural equipment trade show, welcoming farmers and ranchers to collaborate on all things agribusiness.