(NAFB)--Acting Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Michael Scuse will lead a mission to promote U.S. ag exports to Turkey. Representatives from Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Pennsylvania and 20 U.S. companies that represent a wide variety of agricultural products are participating.
The USDA delegation will travel to Istanbul and Ankara to learn about the rapidly evolving market conditions and business environment in Turkey. The information gathered will enable businesses to develop export strategies for Turkey. Scuse says people around the world continue to demand U.S. food and agricultural products, boosting American businesses and supporting our rural communities. By participating in this trade mission - Scuse says U.S. agribusinesses will gain first-hand market information and meet with distributors, importers and other business contacts so they can position themselves to expand their presence in Turkey by promoting the quality, variety and reliability of U.S. food and agricultural products.
Turkey is becoming a key market for U.S. food and agricultural products with its rapidly developing economy and expanding middle class. Over the last decade - U.S. agricultural exports to the country have tripled. Two-way agricultural trade between the two countries reached more than 2.4-billion dollars in fiscal year 2012 - with U.S. exports accounting for more than 75-percent of the total. USDA says this was a significant contribution to the U.S. ag trade surplus.