Walker Announces Partnerships with Chinese Dairy Group
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 06/22/2012
Wisconsin Agriculture Secretary Ben Brancel's recent trip to China provided an opportunity for the state to close a deal with the Shanghai Dairy Group, which allowed the state to become the preferred supplier of dairy goods and services to the organization.
Shanghai Dairy Group President Shen Weiping signed a Letter of Intent with Secretary Brancel last week. He says the Chinese are very excited to be doing business with Wisconsin dairy leaders.
"By signing this Letter of Intent, Shanghai Dairy Group will recognize Wisconsin as a preferred supplier of agricultural goods and services including; equipment, genetics and technical advice," Brancel said. "They are open to anything that deals with dairy."
Details about the agreement were announced on Thursday by Governor Scott Walker's office. He says developing international trade opportunities for Wisconsin is a priority of his administration.
"I commend Secretary Brancel for his efforts to help build trade relationships between China's agri-businesses and those in Wisconsin," Walker said in a statement.
The partnership was sparked last fall when DATCP hosted the Shanghai Dairy Group during World Dairy Expo in Madison and introduced the group to University of Wisconsin-Madison officials. As a result, the Shanghai Dairy Group and the UW signed a separate Letter of Intent that will lead to the
establishment of a university sponsored dairy technology center in Shanghai.