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SD ag official to be on fed trade mission to China

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PIERRE (AP) -- An official with South Dakota's Agriculture Department is taking part in a federal trade mission to China.

Ag Development Director Lucas Lentsch will be part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture trip from March 23-28. It will be led by USDA Acting Undersecretary Michael Scuse and will include representatives of six state agriculture departments and more than 40 agribusinesses from around the country.

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Officials announced last week that Gov. Dennis Daugaard will lead a group of South Dakota business leaders and two of his Cabinet members including Agriculture Secretary Walt Bones on a trade mission to China March 24-29.

China was South Dakota's third-largest trading partner last year, with $105 million worth of South Dakota goods shipped to the country.

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