Idaho Examiner - Sen. Larry Craig News Releases

Thursday, September 15, 2005

TAIWAN TO BUY IDAHO AG PRODUCTS

Craig signs letter of agreement with delegation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Idaho Senator Larry Craig announced today that members of the Agricultural Trade Goodwill Mission from the Republic of China on Taiwan signed letters of intent between the Mission, American grain suppliers, and congressional members. Under the agreement, Taiwan will purchase 14.5 million metric tons of U.S. wheat, soybeans and corn in 2006 and 2007. After the signing, the Mission will then travel to several states, including Idaho, to meet producers and sign agreements, and tour agricultural facilities and operations.
“Clearly, the quality of Idaho’s agricultural products has impressed buyers in Taiwan,” Craig said. “Expanding foreign markets helps Idaho producers stay profitable and competitive, and Taiwan has proven to be a very good customer. I’m glad to see this relationship continue.”
Members of the Mission are interested in buying soft white wheat grown in Idaho. Under the agreement signed in 2003, covering the years 2004 and 2005, Taiwan has already purchased 10.1 million metric tons of wheat from U.S. producers.

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