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Governor picks reps for SD trade mission to China

March 13, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Representatives from 11 companies and groups from around South Dakota will join Gov. Dennis Daugaard on his next trade mission to China.

The governor and other state officials will be in China from May 9-16. It will be Daugaard’s third trade mission to the world’s most populous nation.

“Exporting is essential to growing South Dakota’s economy, and the Chinese market offers tremendous opportunities for South Dakota companies,” Daugaard said in a statement. “Each time we go to China, we learn more about how to get our companies in front of buyers.”

One company sending a representative on the trip is Advanced Sunflower of Huron, which already exports to China but hopes to secure a distributor to expand its market.

“China is becoming a net importer of sunflower seeds, and the people there like the quality that comes from the United States,” co-owner Danny Dale said.

Others sending representatives on the trip are: Badger State Recovery, Rapid City; Concord Grain, Aberdeen; Dakota Trim and Steel, Canton; Davisco, Lake Norden; Hesco, Watertown; Muth Electric, Mitchell; South Dakota State University International Affairs Outreach, Brookings; Sharp Industries/South Dakota Industries, Alexandria; Valley Queen Cheese Factory Inc., Milbank; and Vern Eide International, Sioux Falls.

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