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Deadline for Companies interested in China Trade Mission is Jan. 17

Thursday, January 9, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. – Companies interested in joining Gov. Dennis Daugaard and other state officials on the next trade mission to China are reminded that applications must be submitted by next Friday, Jan. 17, 2014.

“South Dakota companies interested in exporting to China should definitely apply for this trade mission,” said Pat Costello, Commissioner of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. “China is already the world’s most populous country and continues to grow both in terms of population and business development. China is South Dakota’s third largest exporter behind Canada and Mexico so it stands to reason that our opportunities there are on the rise.”

The Department of Agriculture also sees potential in the Chinese market.

“Agriculture is South Dakota’s number one industry,” said Lucas Lentsch, Secretary, Department of Agriculture. “China is interested in importing safe, quality agriculture products from the United States and South Dakota producers and processors can provide exactly what they are looking for. There is a real opportunity for South Dakota ag companies to make sales into the Chinese market with the help from the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Gov. Daugaard during this year’s trade mission.”

Companies interested in joining the Governor on the trade mission can click here to apply or find more information at

The trip is tentatively scheduled for May 6-15, but is subject to change based on the companies selected to participate.

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Members of the media requesting more information should contact Natalie Likness at or (605) 773-3301.