WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S. — Leaders from five U.S. state departments of agriculture and eight U.S. agribusinesses and organizations will accompany Michael Scuse, agriculture acting deputy secretary on a trade mission to Ukraine and Romania June 11-18 to expand export opportunities for U.S. food and agricultural products. 

“Both Ukraine and Romania offer potential as markets for U.S. farm and food products,” Scuse said. “U.S. exports to Romania have been on the rise, and could be further helped by passage of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. In Ukraine, the continuing economic and political transition could likewise lead to new business opportunities. I look forward to joining U.S. agricultural leaders as we seek to enhance our trading relationship with both nations.”

Mission participants come from across the U.S. and represent a range of agricultural products and commodities. They will meet with potential customers and host government representatives, forging relationships and learning about the market conditions and business environment in Ukraine and Romania.
Mission participants include representatives from the Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and Oregon departments of agriculture, as well as the following companies and organizations:

-American Commodity & Shipping Inc.
-Case IH (Case New Holland)
-Cuba Beverage Co. 
-JM Grain
-LL International, LLC
-Missouri Rice Council/USRPA
-Unverferth Manufacturing Company
-Valley Milk, LLC

The past seven years have represented the strongest period for American agricultural exports in the history of the country, with U.S. agricultural product exports totaling $911.4 billion between fiscal years 2009-15.In fiscal year 2015, American farmers and ranchers exported $139.7 billion of food and agricultural goods to consumers worldwide, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said.