Minister finds friends in US farm sector

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Agriculture Minister Jānis Dūklavs concluded his two-day working visit to the United States Friday as ties were strengthened between the US and Latvian farming sectors, the ministry reported.

Dūklavs met with government and corporate officials in New York and Washington, including US Senator Norm Coleman and representatives of farming cooperative CHS Inc to discuss increasing possibilities for Latvian products to gain access to American markets.

The University of Maryland’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources discussed a pending cooperation agreement with Latvia’s Agricultural University in Jelgava for joint student exchange and scientific research programs.

The two sides also discussed the EU and US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) trade agreement’s agricultural provisions currently being hammered out in the talks.

At the close of the visit Dūklavs said he was pleased with the many new ideas he heard for getting Latvia’s products recognized and available in US markets.

During his visit the minister saw first-hand the Stone Mountain Creamery and Frankford Farm dairy plants.


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