Vilsack to promote US exports to Japan

The US Department of Agriculture has announced that Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will travel to Japan to promote US exports.

Secretary Vilsack will meet with Japanese Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries, Hirotaka Akamatsu, as well as US exporters and Japanese importers while in Japan from 5-9 April.

"We are determined to increase export opportunities for our farmers and ranchers," said Vilsack. "My mission on this trip will be to continue to push hard to open markets and to bolster an open, rules-based international trading system that will benefit both consumers and our farmers and ranchers, who supply agricultural products around the world."

Japan is the USs' third largest export market with sales of more than $11 billion in FY2009. The top five US agricultural commodities shipped there are coarse grains, red meats, soybeans, feeds and fodders, and processed fruits and vegetables.Vilsack will give the keynote address at a Global Food Security Symposium sponsored by the US Grains Council on April 7 and will meet with students at the University of Tokyo in a Town Hall meeting.  He will also give a speech at the Foreign Correspondents Club on April 9.

Source: Food Safety News

Natalie Berkhout

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