IDOA trade missions aid Illinois'
events the past 3 months alone total nearly $500,000
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[November 06, 2009]
SPRINGFIELD -- Trade missions
led by the Illinois Department of Agriculture the past three months
have produced immediate results, generating almost half a million
dollars in business for the stateís livestock industry.
The most recent sale was completed just last week, when a dairy
operation in the Mexican state of Aquascalientes accepted a shipment
of 226 Holstein cattle from a farm in west-central Illinois. The
sale resulted from a buying mission in late September and early
October in conjunction with the departmentís Dairy Industry Tour.
Separate Panamanian and Dominican swine missions in August also led
to sales, with pig farmers in both countries buying 76 head of
"These sales could not have come at a better time, because our
livestock industry is suffering through an economic crisis," said
Tom Jennings, state agriculture director. "Now, the challenge is to
turn these sales into repeat business that will help insulate the
industry against future economic slowdowns."
This year the department has had eight trade missions
specifically intended to find markets for Illinois livestock and
livestock products. The missions brought 34 buyers from seven
countries to shop Illinois and have generated sales of more than $1
million thus far, including deals that are still pending.
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"The rate of return on our marketing activities is outstanding,"
Jennings said. "Every dollar that we spend generates $174 in sales,
making the program a sound investment in both Illinois agriculture
and the Illinois economy."
The department has scheduled two additional trade missions before
the end of the year. A group of Costa Rican swine buyers will visit
in November, followed by a group of Mexican swine buyers in
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