te July, the Kansas Department of Agriculture participated in a trade mission to Argentina. There the team attended the La Exposición Rural 2019, the most prominent livestock show in the country. In addition, the Kansas delegation had the opportunity to visit six of the top ranches in central Argentina, two genetic centers, and the Liniers Market, which is the largest cattle market in the world. The group also attended a U.S. Livestock Genetics Export, Inc. (USLGE) reception hosted by U.S. Ambassador Edward C. Prado.

Representing Kansas on the trade mission were: Dr. Michael Dikeman, Dikeman Simmentals, Manhattan; Shad Marston, Wal-Mar Charolais, Canton; Brent Overmiller, Overmiller Gelbvieh and Red Angus, Smith Center; and Shirley Acedo, KDA agribusiness development coordinator.

“The KDA sponsored trip to Argentina to promote Kansas cattle genetics was very educational and interesting,” Dikeman said in a KDA news release. “It was an opportunity to emphasize the efficiency of U.S. beef production, carcass grading, and meat marketing.”

Overmiller agreed. “The trade mission was a great experience as we had the opportunity to meet with the top ranches and bull studs in Argentina and promote our beef cattle genetics.”

In the past five years, Kansas has exported roughly $1.6 million in agricultural goods to Argentina with milling products being the top export category.

KDA announced it is offering two upcoming opportunities to Kansas farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses to participate in State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) grant trade missions planned for 2020: March 24-26 — VICTAM Asia/Petfood Forum Asia, Bangkok, Thailand; and May 12-15 NAMPO Harvest Day, Bothaville, South Africa. Further questions can be directed to Suzanne Ryan-Numrich at suzanne.numrich@ks.gov or 785-564-6704.