State agriculture director touts Michigan farm products on Snyder trade trip to Asia

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SAGINAW — Michigan cherries, blueberries, cranberries and other “high-value” agriculture products could be headed to Asia by the crate or in concentrate if Gov. Rick Snyder’s trade trip overseas has the desired effect, a top state agricultural official said.

The Michigan fruits were the homegrown products most in demand in conversations about expanding farm trade opportunities, said Keith Creagh, director of the state Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

“There’s demand for the product, and we’ll have to figure out capacity issues and getting it into the marketplace,” Creagh said in a phone interview from Seoul, South Korea, on Friday, the final stop of the eight-day trip.

State officials and business leaders also traveled to Japan and Beijing and Shanghai, China. The three countries rank among Michigan’s top 10 foreign export markets for goods and services, state trade statistics show.

To read the entire article, visit: MLive.com; by: Barrie Barber | The Saginaw News >>

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