The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has recently returned from a business development mission to Japan. The delegation was made up of state lawmakers and representatives from Minnesota agricultural organizations, including Mark Dombeck. Dombeck serves as the chair for the Minnesota Dry Bean Research and Promotion Council and represented the dry bean industry on the trip.
The U.S. is the largest foreign supplier of food and agricultural products to Japan, with Minnesota being the 11th largest U.S. state exporter to the country. In return, Japan is Minnesota’s fourth largest export market, representing roughly eight percent of Minnesota’s food and agricultural exports.