Official: China trip lays foundation for ag trade
The director of Michigan's agriculture department says an ongoing trade trip is helping lay the foundation for possibly exporting dried fruit, dairy products and other processed foods to China.
Jamie Clover Adams leads the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development. She's part of the trade trip led by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to China that just ended.
She tells The Associated Press in a telephone interview Monday (Sept. 24) from China that officials and companies have been "very welcoming."
She says cementing deals will take "a lot of follow-up" and notes that Michigan's diverse array of crops and agricultural-related products gives it a boost in establishing trade deals.
Snyder has said he hopes to return from the trip with new and renewed business and trade relationships.