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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.

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HERMES® 450 Soars During the North Dakota UAS Field Day

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.

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NDTO Member Profile: Great Northern Ag

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.

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Press Release: North Dakota Hosts Food Buyers from Colombia, China

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.

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Past Presidential Impacts on Trade

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.

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NDTO Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Big Iron International Visitors Program

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.

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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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