MO agriculture get a chance to expand market access to Japan

Missouri state officials say expanding meat exports will be a priority discussion in an upcoming trade trip to Japan.

Governor Mike Parson tells Brownfield Japanese consumers want better quality animal protein.

“Whether that’s beef, pork or chicken, whatever we want to send, it’s more opportunity for Missouri, because we sell some of the best products in the United States.”

Ag Director Chris Chinn, other state agency leaders and lawmakers will participate in the trade mission.

“Relationships matter in trade. We want to make sure Missouri has a voice at the table and we’re able to build those relationships to help the farming and agribusiness community sell their products and have an extra market.”

Parson says the low cost of business and good infrastructure to move products to market makes Missouri-produced products attractive to international customers.

The 5-day trip to Tokyo and other locations will take place in early October and include an agribusiness dinner, meetings with government officials, diplomats and business leaders.

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