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Can the Olympics Improve the Brazilian Market?

The opening ceremony of the Olympic Games takes place in Brazil tomorrow, placing Rio de Janeiro on the world center stage. Olympic spectators will finally be able to see the results of the billions of dollars the city has spent preparing for the games. The massive amounts of spending have been justified by promises of long term economic results, though the question remains if the Olympics can truly improve a country’s economy.

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Participate in the ND Trade Mission to Taiwan

Lt. Governor Drew Wrigley is set to lead a trade mission to Taiwan on September 26-29, 2016. The trade mission will focus on the aerospace/UAS industry, energy, and specialty crops.

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Panama Canal Expansion Completed

The Panama Canal Authority completed a $5.4 billion expansion last month, with the first vessels officially sailing through the expanded Panama Canal on June 26. The widening and deepening of the locks began in 2007 and was finally completed after a 2-year delay due to construction complications and labor strikes. The expansion of the Panama Canal is set to attract larger container ships out of Asia on their way to the East Coast.

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Brexit’s Effects on North Dakota Exporters

Brexit has set off alarm bells around the world as consumers and businesses gauge the effects of a weakened European Union. Here in North Dakota, we wonder how Brexit – the name coined for Britain’s unprecedented departure from the EU – will affect our trade with the U.S.’s oldest trading partner. The answer appears to be quite murky. However, in the long run, Brexit may improve our position.

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NDTO Member Profile: Brandt Holdings

Brandt Holdings sells agricultural machinery, but they consider themselves to be in the people business. Their goal is to serve the unique attributes of each of their employees and customers as they offer John Deere equipment. The company has stayed true to their common core values of integrity, openness and commitment as they’ve expanded into 21 countries over the last 10 years.

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Celebrating the 2016 International Year of Pulses

The 68th United Nations General Assembly has declared 2016 to be the International Year of Pulses. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) was tasked to spread the word about the nutritional and economic benefits of increased pulse consumption. Pulse is the term for the edible seeds of legumes – which are plants with a pod – and includes dried peas, beans, lentils and chickpeas. The North Dakota Trade Office is spreading the word about pulses through our Specialty Crop Program events and trade missions, as well as with our relationships with pulse growers and associations.

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When in Rome: Small Talk Around the World

We all participate in small talk, especially in the office. It’s a way to connect with our coworkers and gauge the mood or personality of people we’ve just met. But not all countries are big on chit chat. Some draw a defined line between their personal and professional lives and do not divulge personal information at work. Therefore NDTO has collected some advice on small talk practices around the world. Continue reading …

NDTO Member Profile: CropNutrients4U

CropNutrients4U sprung from one man’s curiosity on how to grow a superb organic crop. After years of personal study, owner Dan Juneau settled on using two components – lithovit and mycorrhiza – to increase the health and size of plants naturally.

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WCCO Belting Receives Award for Export Success

Published in The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead – May 16, 2016

WCCO Belting Inc., a rubber conveyor belt manufacturer based in Wahpeton, has been awarded the Presidential “E” Star Award for Export Success. It’s the highest honor any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.

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Posi Lock Puller’s Tamara Somerville Recognized for Excellence in Manufacturing

The Manufacturing Institute presented Tamara Somerville with the Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Award at a reception in Washington, D.C. earlier this month. The Step Ahead Awards honor 100 women across the United States who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers and represent all levels of the manufacturing industry. A STEP Award identifies the best women in the manufacturing industry today.

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