Over the last two weeks, representatives from Japan and Taiwan have spent time with Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann and toured farms, commercial grain facilities and other agricultural businesses.
Ranked the seventh largest market for U.S. agricultural products, Taiwan is one of the world's largest consumers for American ag products on a per capita basis. The Indiana Corn Marketing Council hosted a Taiwanese trade delegation last week to show them the progress of this year's corn harvest.
Introducing Taiwanese trade partners to corn farmers, as well as other agricultural representatives in the state, was an important part of the visit to Indiana. The team of Taiwanese corn buyers were in Indiana after attending the Export Exchange in Seattle, Wash., earlier.
"Our international trade relationships are important to the health and growth of Indian's agriculture industry and economy," said ICMC President Dennis Maple, who welcomed the delegation to his family's farm in Greentown, Ind. "Hosting our Taiwanese trade partners offers us an opportunity to show the bounty of Indiana agriculture and the quality grains we offer."
The week prior a Japanese trade delegation toured Indiana. The delegation's visit was organized through the U.S. Grains Council with the goal of strengthening trade relationships with international trade partners.
The Japanese delegation saw U.S. corn production and supply, and the current crop quality. The delegation was comprised of 11 Japanese corn processing, fee and corn trade industries.
The United States grew 13.9 billion bushels of corn in 2013 and roughly 11% of production was exported to more than 100 countries. Among them, Japan was on the largest importer of U.S. corn.