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Former Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann led a delegation of 18 representatives from Indiana agri-businesses and State agriculture and rural affairs agencies on a twelve-day agricultural trade mission to China. The group departed on June 22 and returned on July 3.
Ellspermann explained the goals of the trip, “Based on our successful trade mission to Asia last summer, we know that there is a vast market for Indiana agricultural and food products to feed the billions of people living in this part of the world. Through personal visits with government and industry officials, our delegation will build the relationships that will lead to increased agricultural trade in the years to come.”
The itinerary included stops in Shanghai, Beijing, and Chengdu, as well as visits to Zhejiang Province, sister state to Indiana and Tianjin, the maritime gateway to Beijing.