Acting Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) led an Agricultural Trade and Investment Mission to Ukraine on June 12-15, 2016.
Mr. Michael T. Scuse was accompanied by the highest officials of four US state departments of agriculture (DOA) - Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Oregon - and a high-level representative from the Nebraska DOA. Several U.S. agricultural company representatives looking to do business in Ukraine also came to conduct business meetings in Kyiv.
According to U.S. Embassy Kyiv Ukraine, Deputy Secretary Scuse held a number of meetings with Ukrainian officials, including the Minister of Agriculture and the Minister Economic Development and Trade, where he encouraged increased trade and investment ties between our countries. The delegation also visited Ukrainian retail food outlets where U.S. products were promoted; and they also held a round-table discussion with several U.S. agricultural companies already operating in Ukraine in order to hear first-hand viewpoints on the challenges and opportunities faced by agribusinesses.
In addition to the official meetings and store tours in Kyiv, the delegation also traveled south by bus to see Ukrainian agriculture. In Odessa, they visited Archer Daniels Midland’s (ADM’s) port transshipment facility. The delegation completed their trip by taking part in the grand opening of Bunge’s newest oilseed crushing facility in Mykolaiv, where Deputy Secretary Scuse delivered remarks alongside the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko.