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Vilsack to travel to Japan to encourage U.S. agriculture exports

Monday, March 22, 2010

The Secretary of Agriculture is going to visit Japan to encourage U.S. exports.
The Secretary of Agriculture is going to visit Japan to encourage U.S. exports.

One of the main goals of both the Obama administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture is to improve exports produced by people who use agricultural equipment.

To that end, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will make a trip to Japan on April 5 in order to promote U.S. agricultural exports to that country. During his trip, Vilsack will meet with Hirotaka Akamatsu, Japan's minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries.

"My mission on this trip will be to continue to push hard to open markets and to bolster an open, rules-based international trading system that will benefit both consumers and our farmers and ranchers, who supply agricultural products around the world," Vilsack said.

The Obama administration recently announced a new national initiative to improve U.S. exports across sectors of the economy. A recent report from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers noted that exports of U.S. farm equipment were down 23 percent last year when compared to 2008.

In order to improve U.S. farm equipment exports, the AEM suggested that the federal government create policies that would make it easier for foreign businesses to travel to the U.S. in order to purchase agricultural equipment.

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