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Troxler to pitch NC exports in China

Posted March 3, 2011

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— State Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler is heading back to China.

Troxler and six staffers from the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services leave Sunday for a week-long trade mission to try and increase North Carolina exports to Asia. He led a similar trade mission in 2009.

China ranks second to Japan among the state's top export markets, worth about $542 million year, according to state figures. The amount has nearly doubled since 2008, Troxler said.

Tobacco and meat are among the top commodities North Carolina sells to China, and Troxler said he believes that another visit to China will help open the doors for even more exports, such as cotton, peanuts and soybeans.

“The Chinese market is among the fastest-growing in the world, and our farmers produce many commodities that the Chinese are looking to buy," he said in a statement. "This is an excellent opportunity for North Carolina growers to gain new contracts in a marketplace with tremendous potential for growth.”

When Troxler returns to the U.S., most of the trade contingent will travel on to Vietnam to open up more agricultural opportunities.

The trade mission will cost taxpayers an estimated $18,000, but he said the expense is worth the return for the state.

Private business people will also join the commissioner on the trip. They will pay their own way.

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  • mastertoney Mar 8, 2011

    Those of you who believe there is actually a two party system in NC, you need to smell the Roses. The current Commissioner is no different than the previous of the past 100 or so years.

  • we-r-just-human Mar 3, 2011

    WHY DON'T THEY INVITE THE CHINESE TO CAN HERE AND SEE EVERYTHING FIRST HAND AND SAVE MONEY AT THE SAME TIME?

  • tgiv Mar 3, 2011

    After all the tribalistic back and forth is over, the bottom line is that it won't be possible for at least a couple of years to determine if the trip was wasteful or a great investment. Unless one is overly invested in one of the party lines or clairvoyant, it's impossible to make an intelligent comment about the success of this trip at this stage. The amount of money spent is either a minor waste of money, or it will show a large ROI as it would not take much export business to China to pay back this amount of money. Time will tell.

  • WooHoo2You Mar 3, 2011

    Do you really want to compare spending from the Republican party to the Democratic party. And wasteful trips. At least its not a Vacation.-RM24

    Bush would know all about vacations....

  • NCSU2311 Mar 3, 2011

    Do you really want to compare spending from the Republican party to the Democratic party. And wasteful trips. At least its not a Vacation.
    RM24
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    YES!!! Lets do it.....

  • RM24 Mar 3, 2011

    And in case you didn't know. The more we SELL the more we MAKE. And the more we MAKE the less of a deficit we are in.

    Thats a hard concept to swallow huh?

  • RM24 Mar 3, 2011

    I doubt there is anyone in NC government including the governor or Troxler competant to pitch commerce business to China.
    jdupree

    Would you suggest Obama go sell agriculture? Or maybe Mrs. Clinton? I can see that now. "Well, this is a cucumber, and this is a tomato. You can put those on bread and make a sandwich. You want one?" Then HIllary chimes in "you can get those as pickles, made from cucumbers in if you prefer, they are made in Mt. Olive, NC."

    THAT would be a cute show to see huh?

  • RM24 Mar 3, 2011

    Many a tax refunds could be paid with the money BEV waste on Etheridge's job. But I guess you would justify finding work for a politician the people put out of work. That makes since dont it? But trying to sell more of NC made products to other countries is what you think is a waste huh?

    Do you really want to compare spending from the Republican party to the Democratic party. And wasteful trips. At least its not a Vacation.

  • Stonewall Brigade Mar 3, 2011

    It is incredible to read these narrow minded comments here and realizie just how stupid the majoriity of your GOLO posters can be.

  • batcave Mar 3, 2011

    Hunt did it and it was good for the state. So if he sits home and does nothing the trade deficit will just fix itself---serious?

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