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Hutchinson Leader/Litchfield Independent Review

November 2012

New perspective on global agribusiness EDEN VALLEY FARMER TOM HAAG WAS PART OF A MINNESOTA DELEGATION THAT VISITED CHINA, THE STATE’S TOP MARKET FOR AGRICULTURE By Juliana Thill he 10 days that Tom Haag of Eden Valley spent in China earlier this year served multiple purposes — Tom Haag from gathering market insights and understanding exports to discussing farming operations. Haag is vice president of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association and was among the 50-member delegation that Gov. Mark Dayton led on a trade mission to China. “China does a lot of importing of our products — corn, soybeans, soybean


meal, pork — and they’re importing a lot more. Their culture is changing,” Haag said. The delegation, made up of business and industry association executives, higher education leaders and state government officials traveled June 8-17 to Beijing, Shanghai and Xian (the capital of Shaanxi Province) for market and industry briefings, business match-making events, networking events and meetings with key U.S. and Chinese government officials. Agribusiness was strongly represented during the trade mission, which makes sense, given that China accounts for more than one-fourth of Minnesota’s agricultural exports, said state Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson, who traveled with the delegation.

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