USDA Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney will lead a trade mission to Japan June 11-15. He’ll be joined by numerous U.S. business and government leaders seeking to expand export opportunities for U.S. food and agricultural products. McKinney says, “Japan is already a top market for U.S. farm and food products, but there are many new opportunities waiting to be tapped there. “Japan is an import-dependent nation. It’s 130 million consumers have a real affinity for U.S. food products because of their quality, affordability, and safety. I’m eager to return to Japan and continue exploring all the ways we can grow U.S. agricultural exports there.” Trip participants include state ag department officials from 14 different states. A few of the 48 agricultural companies that are sending officials along include Alltech, the U.S. Soybean Export Council, U.S. Grains Council, several export companies, and CHS Incorporated.