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Illinois promotes grain industry to foreign buyers

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -

More than 20 international grain buyers are set to arrive in Illinois on Monday for a tour of the state's grain industry.

The tour is what the Illinois Department of Agriculture is calling a "reverse trade mission." The 5-day expedition will take the potential customers to a corn and soybean farm in Auburn; a Mattoon food ingredient supplier; a Hennepin ethanol plant and the Chicago Board of Trade.

The scheduled visits also include stops in Assumption, Champaign, Joliet and Des Plaines.

Acting Director of Agriculture Bob Flider says that foreign trade makes a huge contribution to Illinois agriculture.

The visitors are coming to Illinois from China, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam.

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