Goehring to participate in U.S.- Russia trade mission

BISMARCK – U.S. Undersecretary of Agriculture Michael Scuse will lead a delegation of American agricultural companies and state agriculture officials, including North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, on a U.S.-Russia Agribusiness Trade Mission, Dec. 3-7.

“The normalization of trade relations between the U.S. and Russia means the world's fifth largest importer of agricultural products is now an open market for North Dakota,” Goehring said “This is an opportunity to assess that $40 billion Russian market and to learn what products Russian consumers want and how to best establish a trade relationship with the different factions and address import/export requirements and policies that can hinder the movement of goods and services into the Russian market.”

Scuse, who oversees USDA's Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, invited Goehring to participate in the trade mission. Other participants include the agriculture secretaries or directors of Idaho, Missouri and Oklahoma, and representatives of more than 20 U.S. agriculture businesses and commodity groups.

“The mission is geared toward ensuring that U.S. small and medium-sized agribusinesses are able to take advantage of these market opportunities,” Goehring said. “Already, several North Dakota agricultural export companies have contacted the North Dakota Department of Agriculture, expressing interest in entering the Russian market.”

During the five-day mission to Moscow and St. Petersburg, the delegation will visit Russian farms, processing facilities and food retail operations. They will also meet with officials from the Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Economic Development and with U.S. embassy and consular officials.