Optimism rises on Japan trade

Optimism rises on Japan trade
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig led a trade mission to Japan. Craig Hill, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation president, and Rick Plowman, Iowa Farm Bureau District 7 director, were part of the delegation.

A pending trade agreement between the United States and Japan has the potential to significantly boost exports of Iowa-raised beef, pork, corn and other ag products into the high-value Japanese market, Iowa officials said last week.

“There is a lot of optimism, and the future for trade is very bright,” said Iowa Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig during a conference call from Tokyo as Iowa officials wrapped up a trade mission to Japan. “We are really looking at expanded opportunity because of the agreement.”

Naig and Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds led the Iowa trade...

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