Acting Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Michael Scuse led nearly 40 American businesses on a U.S. Department of Agriculture trade mission to China March 23–28.

U.S. agricultural exports to China have grown more than 80 percent in the past three years, and the USDA trade mission aimed to help American businesses strike new deals, strengthen business ties, expand their markets and support jobs for Americans. During stops in Chengdu and Shanghai, participants met with dozens of Chinese producers, importers, buyers, distributors and investors. The mission also coincided with the Food Ingredients China tradeshow.