Kitzhaber leads Asia agriculture trade trip


Gov. John Kitzhaber is leaving on a 13-day trade mission to Asia with farmers and state agriculture officials.

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Gov. John Kitzhaber is leaving on a 13-day trade mission to Asia with farmers and state agriculture officials.

The agricultural delegation will promote Oregon farm products in Japan, South Korea and China, and seek new and expanding market opportunities.

The delegation will spend one week — the bulk of its time — in China, where agriculture officials and Kitzhaber are scheduled to sign a memorandum of understanding with high-level Chinese officials.

The memorandum will state that the two governments are working to develop protocols allowing Oregon to certify agricultural products for export to China.

“China is increasingly importing products that are high up the food chain,” said Dalton Hobbs, an assistant director for the Oregon Department of Agriculture. “We are working on an agreement so we can inspect and certify U.S. products going into China, so we have an advantage and ease of access to the market.”

Read more at Capital Press.

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