With 95 percent of the world's population living outside of the U.S., companies of all sizes can find sales opportunities abroad. You do not need to be a mega-conglomerate to succeed in international markets. All you need are the three "Ts": Time to devote to building relationships and understanding regulations, the Tenacity to follow up with contacts multiple times before the first sale, and Tolerance for differing business protocols and cultural expectations.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture works to discover and develop potential markets for Minnesota's farmers and agribusinesses. We provide assistance to individuals and businesses in evaluating foreign market entry methods, understanding and obtaining regulatory requirements, finding qualified buyers, understanding logistics, and locating financing options and market promotion funds.
MDA also works closely with the Food Export Association for the Midwest USA, a private, non-profit association that offers services to help companies promote their Midwestern food and agricultural products in foreign markets. MDA is one of 12 State Departments of Agriculture or agencies working with the Food Export Association. The strong relationship between MDA and the Food Export Association is one reason why Minnesota continues to be a national leader in the agri-trade industry.
Our services are open to Minnesota producers, processors, and packagers of all sizes and experience levels.
For beginning exporters, MDA provides:
For experienced exporters, MDA provides:
Domestic & International Marketing Calendar
Christina Connelly, International Trade Program Manager
Brian Erickson, Agricultural Marketing Specialist, Sr.
Su Ye, Program Leader, Market Research
Ag Marketing & Development Division
Minnesota Department of Agriculture, 625 Robert Street N, St. Paul, MN 55155-2538, email@example.com