U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to Highlight Iowa’s Agricultural Exports and President Obama’s Trade Agenda in Des Moines

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman will travel to Des Moines, Iowa to showcase the major contributions that Iowa makes to the United States economy through exporting. Ambassador Froman will meet with farmers, ranchers, small business owners, and elected officials to discuss how Iowa stands to gain from the current U.S. trade agenda, especially through unprecedented trade deals that are being negotiated with countries in the Asia-Pacific and the European Union.  Iowa is the second-largest agricultural exporter in the United States.  President Obama’s trade agenda will break down barriers to Iowa’s top 4 export markets: Canada, Mexico, Japan, and Germany. 

Kimberley Family Farm Tour

In the morning, Ambassador Froman will visit the Kimberley Family Farm, where the Kimberleys raise corn and soybeans on roughly 4,000 acres of land. Once harvested, the Kimberleys’ crops are marketed through a cooperative and eventually used in biofuels, livestock feed, or exported. On average, more than one out of every four rows of U.S. soybeans are exported to China, which support numerous jobs in the United States.  The Kimberley family will take Ambassador Froman on a tour of their facilities with an emphasis on the technologies that enable their productivity, including the latest in agricultural equipment and touch-screen crop monitors that digitally map soybean and corn fields.

Kemin Industries, Inc. Tour

Later in the morning, Ambassador Froman will go to Kemin Industries, a Des Moines company that manufactures more than 500 specialty ingredients for specialty ingredients for global feed and food industries around the world. Showing the high-tech aspects of Iowan agricultural exports, Ambassador Froman will tour the company’s new Molecular Advancement Center and view several demonstrations.

Iowa State Fair with Senator Chuck Grassley

In the afternoon, Ambassador Froman will meet U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley at the Iowa State Fair for a tour of the Agriculture Building and lunch at the pork tent. Later that afternoon, Ambassador Froman will join Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds for the Governor’s Charity Steer Show, hosted by the Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association.  All proceeds from the Governors Steer Show go to the Ronald McDonald House Charities.