Indiana officials plan Mexico trip to tout agriculture, tourism

Indiana Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch is set to be part of a delegation of agriculture and tourism leaders that will head to Mexico to develop economic partnerships and strengthen agricultural ties.

Crouch is leading the trip in collaboration with the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, the Indiana Office of Tourism Development and the Indiana Economic Development Corp. The delegation leaves Sunday and returns July 11. The trip also will be used to showcase Indiana as a tourism destination.

The list of delegates includes 21 agriculture officials and six tourism officials.

The agricultural delegation will spend most of its time in Mexico City, working to strengthen ties and develop new markets for Indiana's agricultural products. Also in Mexico City, a tourism delegation will be working to develop relationships with key travel and tourism stakeholders.

“Mexico is a large purchaser of Indiana’s agricultural products, in sectors such as corn, hardwoods, duck and pork,” said Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Bruce Kettler in written comments. “Our focus there will be to expand opportunities for Hoosier farmers by building stronger ties and facilitating cooperation with one of the state’s largest export markets.”

Most of trip costs are being paid through private donations made to the Indiana Economic Development Foundation.

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