Fourteen Minnesota farmers and ranchers are back in the U.S. following a trade trip to Colombia and Peru the first week of June. Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen led the delegation. He says there is potential for many Minnesota commodities, especially corn, soybeans and spring wheat. “They don’t grow enough corn and soybeans. They would also like to buy more U.S. wheat,” explains Petersen. “There is a growing middle class and their population has more expendable money to purchase food.” The group met with the ambassadors of Peru and Colombia, buyers and importers. “We will see several of those buyers come here in the summer or fall,” says Petersen. “We are connecting them with our Minnesota companies and exporters.” This was part of a larger trade mission sponsored by the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service.
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