USDA Trade Mission to the Philippines a Success

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USDA Trade Mission to the Philippines a Success

Tim Hammerich
Journalist

This is Tim Hammerich from the Ag Information Network with your Farm of the Future report.

USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Administrator Daniel Whitely recently led a trade mission to the Philippines and said the trip was very successful.

Whitely… “It was really fantastic to connect with our stakeholders, our buyers and our importers. The Philippines is our eighth largest market for U.S. agricultural and food products, with just over $3 billion annually over the past five years. But I have to tell you that after being there on the pitch, there is a lot of potential to do a lot better. They are very, very interested in strengthening their commercial ties with American agriculture, and there are many opportunities to increase our exports and our presence in the region and, more specifically, as a country.

Whitely said Filipino buyers value reliability more than ever and view US agriculture as the most reliable supplier in the world.

Whitely… “They were very interested in more soybean meal as they plan to increase their breeding. They were also considering importing more American corn. They have a national corn industry, but it needs to be supplemented to meet their national needs, so they thought of corn. They were also considering more pork products as they rebuilt their own pig herd. They were also looking for dairy products. So many of the top products were highly competitive and had comparative advantages over many of our competitors in the region.

Again, it’s Daniel Whitely from the Foreign Agricultural Service.

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