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Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter Leads Trade Mission to Russia (November 14, 2013)

Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter Leads Trade Mission to Russia

BOISE, Idaho | November 14, 2013

NEWS RELEASE: For Immediate Release
Contact: Laura Johnson
State of Idaho

BOISE, Idaho—November 14, 2013—Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter will lead a trade mission to Russia on November 18-22, 2013, in response to numerous requests from Idaho companies.  The delegation will include 17 Idaho companies for a series of prominent meetings with government and business officials in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

The first ever Idaho Governor’s trade mission to Russia includes key industry sectors from Idaho representing cattle, seed potato, potato machinery and storage equipment, animal feed, peas/lentils/chickpeas, beef, timber, technology, banking and university research/international education.     

Governor Otter will assist Idaho companies with key meetings with many organizations including Rosagroleasing, PespiCo Russia, and the Ministry of Agriculture in addition to visiting a local cattle ranch.

Idaho’s trade mission participants will also receive educational seminars regarding Russian business practices, shipping logistics, current economic and political climate, and how to successfully conduct business in the market.

Trade missions also help participants recognize their key existing customers through the presentation of the Idaho Valued Partner Award.  The delegation includes Idaho companies looking to expand sales, build distribution networks or strategic alliances, and strengthen existing customer relationships.  Some participants have been doing business in Russia for years, while others are exploring the market for the first time.

 Following are highlights of Idaho’s economy, including key industry sectors represented on the Governor’s 2013 Trade Mission to Russia:

  • Technology and innovation are strong drivers of Idaho’s economy, which has a long history of entrepreneurial idea developed by companies harnessing brilliant ideas to change the world.
  • Russia is now one of Idaho’s top ten export markets for agriculture products driven primarily by livestock exports.  Idaho is the 13th largest cattle producing state in the United States, and Idaho producers can supply highly pedigreed animals.  Idaho beef and dairy cattle – specifically Angus, Hereford and Holstein – have been raised in a climate similar to Russia with distinct seasons that include warm summers and cold winters making them hardier than cattle from other U.S. states and well suited for Russian farms.
  • Idaho is the number one potato producing state in the U.S. and is famous around the world for its potato production.  Idaho seed potato and agricultural equipment companies can enhance the knowledge of Russian companies on the entire potato farming process from seed to planting, harvesting and storage.  Idaho has production practices, larger farms, weather conditions and demographics that are more similar to Russia than many European suppliers making Idaho an excellent partner in fostering growth in Russia’s potato industry.  Idaho seed potatoes are stringently tested every year for pests and diseases. The majority of U.S. growing areas are free of many pests and diseases that are present in the EU growing areas.  Idaho seed potato growers can offer a multitude of processing and table-stock varieties.  Idaho seed potatoes are grown in a climate similar to Russia with similar day length.
  • Idaho potato equipment manufacturers have been actively supplying the Russian market for nearly 10 years, which includes potato planting, harvesting, handling, and storage equipment specifically designed for the growing conditions in Russia. 
  • The University of Idaho College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has a cutting edge research program.  In the area of potatoes, the University has multiple facilities that work on potato viruses, food science, economics, molecular biology, nematode control, agronomy/physiology, storage, insect control, soil science, potato breeding, disease control, seed production and variety development.   In the area of livestock, current research focuses on reproductive efficiency, feed efficiency, extended grazing seasons and wintering systems.
  • Idaho is the 8th largest lumber producing state in the United States with some of the most modern and efficient sawmills in the country and a vibrant pulp and paper industry as well.  With Russia containing one-fifth of the world’s forests, there is potential for a strong partnership in the timber industry.