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South Dakota Ag Companies See Potential in China

South Dakota Governor, Dennis Daugaard, lead a delegation consisting of representatives from 15 South Dakota business and agricultural groups on a trade mission to China this past April. Raven was privileged to be a part of this important trip, not only from a business perspective for the company, but also the importance for the state of South Dakota.  Raven operates in every continent on the globe, except for Antarctica, and currently has one distributor in China but sees the potential for future and further growth opportunities and so do many of the SD based businesses that joined the trade mission.

During Raven’s recent Innovation Summit they held a panel discussion with representatives who went along to China to discuss the highlights from the Governor’s trip and how South Dakota will benefit from emerging global markets.

The panel consisted of: 
• Ryan Budmyer – International Business Development for the State of South Dakota
• Walt Bones – Producer and former SD Secretary of Agriculture
• Mark Gross – President of the South Dakota Corn Growers Association and producer from Bridgewater, SD
• Mark Reiner – Vice chairman of the South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council and producer from Tripp, SD
• Lester Moeller, First vice president of the South Dakota Pork Producers Council and producer from St. Lawrence, SD
• Michelle Lavallee, Raven Director of Sales and Marketing

The delegation traveled to Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong for scheduled meetings to discuss exporting their products and commodities. 

"As an increasingly global company, China is a very important market for Raven Industries, and having the support of Governor Daugaard during our trade mission was a great benefit,” said Michelle M. Lavallee, Global Leader of Sales and Marketing at Raven Applied Technology Division. “We were also delighted to get to know colleagues throughout our state who intend to do business in China."

Read the full article by Barry Amundson here.

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