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California farm delegation travels to China

California Secretary of Food & Agriculture Karen Ross in September will lead an agricultural trade delegation to China and Vietnam.

With stops planned in Shanghai and Ho Chi Minh City, the delegation will seek new export opportunities for California farmers, ranchers and food processors.

The visit follows Gov. Jerry Brown's trip to China in April, in which he opened a state Trade and Investment Office in Shanghai. That office will help connect the farm delegation members with Chinese counterparts interested in purchasing California products.

China is the world's third-largest importer of California farm products. More than $1.7 billion in state farm exports are sent there annually. Vietnam currently ranks as the 12th largest exporter. California farm exports there amount to more than $196 million — a 43 percent increase from the previous year.

— Compiled by Robert Digitale. Submit items to robert.digitale@pressdemocrat.com.


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