Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) President Bob Worth is joining Gov. Tim Walz on a trade mission to Australia, from Nov. 10-18. Stops include the major business centers of Sydney and Melbourne, with mission goals of growing the state’s exports of goods and services, showcasing Minnesota as a top destination for business investment, developing new partnership opportunities and strengthening existing ties. The trade mission will be Worth’s first international trade mission in nearly a decade.
“I love talking soybeans and am excited to talk about the high-quality soybeans we raise in Minnesota and the U.S.,” Worth said. “I think we’ll find there’s a lot of potential for growth in Australia.”
After attending soybean trade missions to various countries, from China to South America, Worth said he’s excited to get a firsthand look at Australian agriculture. During the trip, the delegation will visit a research institute, food innovation centre and a climate startup hub
“It’s going to be very interesting to visit with their farmers and industry,” said Worth, who will be joined by MSGA Executive Director Joe Smentek.
Gov. Walz will lead a delegation comprising representatives from approximately 35. businesses and organizations within Minnesota’s food and agriculture, medical technology, environmental technology, and higher education sectors. Participants will receive an extensive business agenda based upon their industry sector, including market briefings, networking events with business and government leaders, and site visits.
In 2022, Australia ranked as Minnesota’s 13th largest market for goods with exports valued at $438 million. As a strategic and growing economic partner for Minnesota, opportunities in Australia’s large and dynamic economy closely match Minnesota strengths.