"Missouri corn growers rely on access to strong export markets, and these countries represent growing opportunities for the state's corn industry," said Kevin Hurst of the Missouri Corn Growers Association, a member of the delegation. "Gov. Nixon's efforts to open new markets and increase demand for our products overseas can make a real difference for farmers here at home."
"Exports to Asia are driving the soybean market in Missouri and across the U.S.," said Dale Ludwig, the executive director/CEO of the Missouri Soybean Association. "Trade missions like this one help drive additional demand for soybeans overseas, and contribute to the success of soybean farmers here in Missouri."
"Selling our products to customers around the globe has helped fuel our company's exponential growth over the past several years," said Steve Peirce of RIBUS, Inc., a member of the delegation and recipient of Missouri's 2011 Agricultural Exporter of the Year Award. "With markets on five continents and in more than 40 countries, we see the benefits of international exports firsthand, each and every day. This delegation will afford us another promising opportunity to build new relationships overseas and build prosperity here at home."
"As a growing family-owned business, we are especially aware of the importance of exports to our bottom line," said Michael Cook of NeCo Seed Farm Inc., a member of the delegation. "We look forward to this opportunity to establish new relationships with new customers that will pay dividends for our company, our farmer growers, and our employees for years to come."
Nixon to meet with government and business leaders
In Seoul, Gov. Nixon is scheduled to meet with governmental and business leaders, including the Chairman of the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Small & Medium Business Corporation, the Korea International Trade Association and the Korea-U.S. Economic Council.
In Taipei, Gov. Nixon is scheduled to meet with governmental and business leaders and with the Importers and Exporters Association of Taipei.