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Governor Rick Snyder and Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Jamie Clover Adams have been meeting with various Chinese agriculture officials to discuss the potential for food and agriculture business cooperation, investment opportunities and food safety.


Source: Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

Contact: Heather Throne, throneh@michigan.gov

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Officials Meet to Expand Export Opportunities in China


Governor Rick Snyder and Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Jamie Clover Adams have been meeting with various Chinese agriculture officials to discuss the potential for food and agriculture business cooperation, investment opportunities and food safety.

“One of the goals of this trade mission is to increase Michigan’s footprint in the global marketplace, and Michigan’s growing food and agriculture sector is poised to help us meet that goal,” said Snyder. “We have world-class food safety training institutes and are the nation’s second most agriculturally diverse state. I am excited about finding new ways to bring a taste of Pure Michigan to the world.”

On the 10-day mission, the agriculture delegation has been meeting with various agricultural trade officials, touring Yangshan Port, and meeting with the U.S. Dairy Export Council to discuss new market opportunities for Michigan’s food and agriculture companies. The Michigan agriculture delegation includes the Global Food Protection Institute (GFPI), Cherry Central, and Abbott Laboratories.

“The International Food Protection Training Institute is focused on food safety capacity-building,” said Dr. Julia Bradsher, President and CEO of the Global Food Protection Institute. “Strong food safety systems and well-trained food protection officials are the foundation for a food supply in which people around the world can be confident.”

“Throughout this mission we are focused on strengthening relationships and developing pathways for new food and agriculture trade and business opportunities for Michigan companies,” said Clover Adams. “There is great potential for Michigan’s high quality food products in China as Chinese consumers desire more Western food choices coupled with the country’s growing middle-class population. China is a country ripe with export possibilities.”

Currently, Michigan exports almost one-third of the crops grown here, with the top five agricultural exports being soybeans, corn, wheat, dairy products, and fresh and processed fruit.  The top five countries eager for Michigan-grown products are Canada, Mexico, Japan, Korea, and China.  To learn more about Michigan’s food and agriculture industry watch our new video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gq_NM0SObXI.

According to USDA’s Economic Research Service, there were 20,000 agricultural export-related jobs in Michigan in 2011.  Michigan food and agriculture exports generated $2.8 billion in economic activity in 2011. Michigan’s food and agriculture exports are helping grow the state’s economic sector and giving Michigan a stronger foothold in the global marketplace.

Director Clover Adams is participating in Governor Snyder’s third investment mission to Asia.  Governor Snyder is leading a 10-day investment mission to China and Japan that left on Tuesday, September 3.