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Home to more than 60,000 farms, Indiana takes pride in its diverse and dynamic agricultural industry. Indiana’s capacity in this core segment of the state’s economy has led to our status as the eighth leading agricultural exporter in the nation, with exports of agricultural products more than doubling in the last decade to an estimated $4.6 billion in 2011. While Indiana’s top exported commodities include soybeans, corn, feeds and fodder and pork, our state’s versatility is evidenced through the export of goods ranging from spirits and sauces to furniture and farm animals. With the world population expected to exceed 9 billion people by the year 2050 and the fortunes of developing countries improving, future growth opportunities abroad will continue to arise for Indiana agriculture.
Expanding Indiana companies’ access to international markets is an important component of ISDA’s economic development strategy and one that pays great returns to the Indiana economy. Agricultural exports boost Indiana’s farm prices and income, and support an estimated 34,800 Hoosier jobs both on and off the farm in food processing, storage, and transportation. The U.S. agricultural industry is twice as reliant on export sales as any other sector of the economy, making access to global markets vital for Indiana’s continued agricultural success.
Governor Pence and Lt. Governor Ellspermann have tasked ISDA with ensuring that foreign markets remain open and with creating additional trade avenues for Indiana agricultural products. ISDA is committed to helping Indiana producers, processors, and packagers to leverage resources and grow their businesses through exports, working alongside both current and potential exporters to access educational and marketing services, financial assistance programs, and opportunities to meet foreign buyers.
Please peruse the resources below and contact Lindsay Beckman, ISDA’s International Trade Program Manager, for further information about how ISDA can assist you in the growing global marketplace.
International Trade Program Manager
The Food Export Association of the Midwest USA (formerly MIATCO) is a non-profit organization created in 1969 as a cooperative effort between 12 Midwestern state agricultural promotion agencies and the United States Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). Food Export-Midwest uses federal, state, and industry resources to help grow the export of Midwestern food and agricultural products, offering a variety of educational, financial, and promotional services through Market Access Program (MAP) funding.
Food Export-Midwest and ISDA strive to assist small Indiana food and agricultural businesses through the use of a variety of tools including:
• Export Education – complimentary one-on-one export assistance, export seminars and webinars, and a bi-monthly newsletter
• Market Entry Programs – market research, business matchmaking, tradeshow assistance, trade missions, and an online product catalog
• Market Promotion Programs – in-store promotions and a 50% cost reimbursement for a wide variety of eligible international marketing and promotional activities (known as the Branded Program)