ST. PAUL, MN – The 2013 Taiwan Agricultural Trade Goodwill Mission to Minnesota met with state and local officials Sept. 12-15. Rep. Lyndon Carlson was invited to meet with the Taiwan Trade Mission.
Taiwan is the 6th largest export market for Minnesota agricultural products, and one of the world’s largest consumers of U.S. agricultural products on a per capita basis. In fact, Taiwan’s top two U.S. imports are soybeans and corn – valued at over $1 billion in 2012 – much of which is Minnesota grown.
“Having good agriculture relations with Taiwan is good for Minnesota famers and businesses,” said Rep. Lyndon Carlson (DFL-Crystal). “As a leading producer of corn and soybeans, Minnesota is a logical supplier for these commodities to Taiwan.”
Taiwan sends an Agricultural Trade Goodwill Mission to the United States every two years, visiting Washington, D.C. and selected Midwestern states. During the trip, the Goodwill Mission signs letters of intent with U.S. suppliers to purchase corn, soybeans, and wheat.
In January 2013, Commissioner Frederickson led a MN Ag Trade Mission to Taiwan to meet with the major corn, soybean, and wheat importers and users, and to personally extend an invitation to the 2013 Taiwan Agricultural Trade Goodwill Mission to visit Minnesota and sign purchase contracts with Minnesota suppliers. The projected total value for the 2013 Taiwan Ag Trade Goodwill Mission’s corn (including by-products) and soybean contracts from the U.S. and Minnesota is an estimated $3.3-$3.5 billion.
Rep. Carlson can be reached by phone at (651) 296-4255 or by email at email@example.com.