Illinois promotes grain industry
to foreign buyers
More than 20 international grain buyers arrived in Illinois on Monday (Sept. 10) for a tour of the state's grain industry.
The tour is what the Illinois Department of Agriculture called a "reverse trade mission."
The five-day expedition took the potential customers to a corn and soybean farm in Auburn; a Mattoon food ingredient supplier; a Hennepin ethanol plant and the Chicago Board of Trade.
The scheduled visits also included stops in Assumption, Champaign, Joliet and Des Plaines.
Acting Director of Agriculture Bob Flider says that foreign trade makes a huge contribution to Illinois agriculture.
The visitors came to Illinois from China, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam.