WASHINGTON, Nov. 1, 2017 - Ted McKinney is in India this week, leading an agribusiness trade mission on his first international trip as USDA Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Affairs. McKinney, a former Director of Agriculture in Indiana, is heading up a delegation of about 50 business, trade association and government leaders seeking to increase U.S. farm exports to the world’s second most populous country. The mission began Oct. 30 and finishes up Nov. 3, with visits to Mumbai and New Delhi on the itinerary. U.S. ag exports to India totaled nearly $1.3 billion in 2016, with tree nuts, cotton, pulses, fresh and processed fruits, and prepared foods accounting for more than 80 percent of those sales. The U.S. is also India’s top ethanol supplier, with sales totaling nearly $176 million in 2016. McKinney was confirmed as a USDA undersecretary by the Senate in early October. Click here to see a list of some of the businesses and ag groups taking part in the mission.
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