USDA Trade Undersecretary Alexis Taylor is set to lead a mission to Japan next week, offering American government and private-sector officials the chance to work directly with the fourth-largest foreign market for U.S. food and agricultural exports.

Her delegation will include representatives of 40 business and industry groups as well as 11 state departments of agriculture, including the head ag officials from Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Nebraska and North Dakota and additional representation from departments in California, Georgia, Kansas, Maine, Washington and Wisconsin.

The trip is USDA’s third trade mission this year; previous stops included Panama and the Netherlands — with three more scheduled this year, to Chile, Malaysia and Angola.

“As one of the world’s leading economies, Japan is an important market for U.S. food and agriculture exports. It is an incredible honor to lead this delegation as we work to expand our bilateral trade relationship even further,” said Taylor. “I am extremely pleased by the diverse set of businesses in our delegation as we connect many women-, minority-, and veteran-owned U.S. agribusinesses with potential business partners in Japan.”

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The private-sector representation runs coast to coast but also features a healthy dose of West Coast influence. California-based Blue Diamond Growers, Crazy Go Nuts and Wilbur Packing Co. are among the list that also includes 23 representatives headquartered there or in Washington, Oregon, Hawaii, New Mexico and Idaho. National checkoff groups like the National Pork Board and American Egg Board will also be on the trip.

The mission takes place June 5-8.

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