Governor Dayton suggested today that he may take a trade mission to China later this year. Dayton made the comments when he was speaking with the Minnesota Farmer’s Union about the importance of soybean exports to Asia. He joked that he told Chinese trade officials that Minnesota’s soybeans are the best anywhere in the world. He then said he’s interested in heading to China later this month.
“I look forward to leading with Commissioner Frederickson (Ag Commissioner Dave Frederickson) and President Peterson (MFU President Doug Peterson) and others as a delegation of Minnesota Agri-producers and businesses to China hopefully in August. It will focus on increasing our exports and foreign products to China and fostering those relationships that are so important to our agricultural prosperity.”
Dayton’s spokesman Katharine Tinucci says no firm plans have been made yet but emphasized that Dayton has an interest in going back to China. She says Dayton has been there seven times in the last decade.