Secretary Naig Leads Trade Mission to Mexico

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Secretary Naig Leads Trade Mission to Mexico

Visit to expand trade and investment opportunities

DES MOINES, Iowa (March 10, 2022) Iowa Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig and a delegation of business leaders have just returned from a trade mission to Mexico held Feb. 27-March 4. The mission, coordinated by the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA), focused on increasing exports of manufactured agricultural products and goods.

“Leading trade missions like this open doors for Iowa agriculture, deepen important relationships, and allow us to explore new market opportunities for Iowa,” said Secretary Naig. “Mexico continues to be a critically important export destination for Iowa agriculture, as our farmers remain focused on providing quality, consistent, and affordable products to customers around the world.”

Iowa companies exported $3.1 billion worth of goods to Mexico in 2021. Mexico is Iowa’s third largest export destination overall and second largest export market for corn , pork and soy. Iowa exported $824 million in corn, $451 million in pork, and $350 million in soybeans to Mexico in 2021. Additionally, Mexico is Iowa’s largest destination for animal feed. and sugars. In 2021, Mexico imported $324 million in animal feed and $203 million in sugars from Iowa.

Mission participants included members of the Iowa Beef Industry Council, Iowa Corn, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Iowa Soybean Association, protein industry representatives and staff from the ‘IEDA. Delegates attended meetings specific to their market entry or expansion needs.

IEDA’s Office of International Trade connects Iowa businesses to markets for their products and services, educates Iowa businesses about exporting, and assists global companies wishing to establish or expand operations in Iowa . To learn more about these services or other trade missions planned by IEDA, visit iowaeda.com/missions.

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