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USDA Unveils Ag Trade Expansion Strategy
Illinois Ag Connection - 11/20/2023

Secretary Tom Vilsack unveiled the USDA's strategic blueprint to elevate agricultural trade during the National Association of Farm Broadcasting Convention. His plan aims to extend U.S. agricultural presence globally, emphasizing both traditional and emerging markets.

Vilsack highlighted the necessity of expanding market reach, fostering growth while mitigating global market uncertainties. The announced trade missions for 2024 encompass diverse regions like South Korea, India, Canada, Colombia, Vietnam, Thailand, and Morocco, seeking to diversify market opportunities and fortify American agriculture.

The USDA's $1.3 billion investment through the Regional Agricultural Promotion Program (RAPP) signifies a pivotal step in advancing agricultural export prospects. This initiative intends to bolster support for specialty crop industries, enabling American exporters to venture into new markets and expand their foothold in existing ones.

Secretary Vilsack's strategy embodies a proactive approach to fortify U.S. agricultural trade, fostering resilience and expansion in an ever-evolving global marketplace.

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