Under Secretary McKinney to Lead Southern Africa Trade Mission

Press Release | October 29, 2018 

WASHINGTON, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service, Oct. 26, 2018  – U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney will lead a trade mission to Southern Africa Oct. 29-Nov. 2, joined by U.S. business and state government leaders seeking to expand agricultural export opportunities in the region.

The mission will be based in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa, but participants will also have the opportunity to engage with potential customers from Angola, Botswana, eSwatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

“This trade mission is part of USDA’s continuing effort to tap into new markets for U.S. agricultural products,” McKinney said. “The Southern Africa region is typically a net importer of agricultural goods, but the majority of those imports currently come from Europe, Asia and elsewhere in Africa. We are excited about the potential to grow the United States’ market share and cultivate new customers for high-quality, cost-competitive U.S. food and farm products.”

Mission participants include leaders from the Arizona, Georgia, Kansas, Nevada, North Dakota and Utah departments of agriculture, as well as representatives from the following companies and organizations:

  1. Alpine Distilling, Park City, Utah
  2. American Embryo Transfer Association, Champaign, Ill.
  3. American Miniature Horse Association, Alvarado, Texas
  4. American Simmental Association, Bozeman, Mont.
  5. American Specialty Foods Company, Houston, Texas
  6. Blue Diamond Growers, Modesto, Calif.
  7. Commercial Lynks Inc., Alexandria, Va.
  8. Dragon-Line, LLC, Ulysses, Kan.
  9. EuroFins Bio Diagnostics, Longmont, Colo.
  10. Global Export Marketing Co., Ltd., New York, N.Y.
  11. Global Processing, Inc., Kanawha, Iowa
  12. Inkrumah Agriculture, Export, & Food Services, Inc., Atlanta, Ga.
  13. International Peanut Group LLC, Brownfield, Texas
  14. JM Grain, Garrison, N.D.
  15. Kizable Candy LLC, Clearwater, Fla.
  16. Livestock Exporters Association, Schaumburg, Ill.
  17. Mariani Packing Company, Vacaville, Calif.
  18. National Pork Board, Des Moines, Iowa
  19. National Swine Registry, West Lafayette, Ind.
  20. Pacific Valley Foods, Bellevue, Wash.
  21. Perdue Foods LLC, Salisbury, Md.
  22. Phytelligence, Seattle, Wash.
  23. Reed Red Angus, Carlin, Nev.
  24. Simply-Source Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  25. Southern United States Trade Association, New Orleans, La.
  26. Strickland Ranch & Exports, Inc., Myakka City, Fla.
  27. That Crazy Bee Guy!, Springfield, Ohio
  28. Trans World Commodities, Inc., Columbia, Md.
  29. USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council, Moscow, Idaho
  30. USA Rice Federation, Arlington, Va.
  31. S. Livestock Genetics Export, Inc., Mount Horeb, Wis.
  32. S. Soybean Export Council, Chesterfield, Mo.
  33. Virginia Natural Beef Inc., Lexington, Va.
  34. Zafi Beverages Technologies, Inc., Bensenville, Ill.

Learn more about this and other USDA trade missions by visiting https://www.fas.usda.gov/topics/trade-missions and following FAS on Twitter at @USDAForeignAg.