The USDA’s first trade mission of the year gets underway this weekend, and it will have a uniquely Northwest feel.  Members of the delegation will be in Panama Sunday the 19th though Thursday the 23rd.


“Trade missions are just one of the effective tools we have in our market development toolbox," said Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Alexis Taylor.  Taylor, the former head of the Oregon Department of Agriculture, will lead the delegation as it solicits business from buyers in Panama and the CAFTA-DR Central America and Dominican Republic region.  Representatives from 26 agribusinesses and farm organizations as well as state departments of agriculture from Idaho and Montana will make up the delegation.


A growing middle class in Panama and the CAFTA DR region was represented an increased exports of American farmed food goods to those markets up 57% in 2022 to a record $8.8 billion.  The Panama Ag trade mission is one of six scheduled by USDA for this year.


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