- Associated Press - Sunday, March 13, 2016

GARRISON, N.D. (AP) - Business leaders from North Dakota and South Dakota are part of a group that will join the nation’s top agriculture officer on a trade mission to the South American countries of Peru and Chile.

The leaders will begin the five-day trip with Agriculture Department Secretary Tom Vilsack on Monday. The trip’s goal is to expand export opportunities for food and agricultural products from the U.S.

South Dakota will be represented by the ethanol producing company Poet, which is based in Sioux Falls. North Dakota’s representation will come from the Bismarck-based group LL-International LLC and the grain processing and exporting company JM Grain, which is headquartered in Garrison.

Peru and Chile are members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, an agreement at the center of President Obama’s trade agenda that Congress hasn’t ratified.

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