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SD leading 3-state trade mission to Russia

PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota's Agriculture Department is leading a three-state trade mission to Russia to tout beef cow genetics in the Northern Plains.


Officials with the state agriculture departments in Kansas and Montana also will be involved in the trip planned for late October, along with beef producers and industry representatives.

Russia was the largest market in the world for U.S. cattle exports last year. The eight-day mission will include stops in Moscow and in Novosibirsk, Russia's third-largest city.

Funding is being provided by U.S. Livestock Genetics Export, a nonprofit international trade organization that develops markets for U.S. livestock with the federal government.

South Dakota's Agriculture Department led a similar mission last October.