PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) South Dakota agricultural producers or beef industry representatives interested in attending an October beef genetics trade mission to Russia can now apply for funding. The delegation will include beef producers, industry representatives and state staff and will be co-hosted by the South Dakota, Kansas and Montana Departments of Agriculture. The South Dakota group will be led by Ty Eschenbaum, value-added development specialist in the South Dakota Department of Agriculture. The eight day mission will be centered on “Golden Autumn 2012”; a premier Russian ag trade show in Moscow. In addition to attending the exhibition, the delegation will travel outside of Moscow to visit beef cattle operations and meet with key leaders, investors and ranch managers. Funding for the trade mission to Russia is provided by U.S. Livestock Genetics Export-a non-profit international trade organization of which the South Dakota Department of Agriculture is a member. Applications for producers interested in attending the trade mission to Russia are posted online and can be found at http://sdda.sd.gov/AgDevelopment/South%20Dakota%20Beef%20Trade%20Mission%20Application%20(2).pdf or for more information, contact Eschenbaum at 773-5146.
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