North Dakota’s Big Iron International Visitors Program draws visitors from 15 countries

September 13, 2017 – North Dakota is hosting over 75 international visitors from 15 countries this week as part of the Big Iron International Visitors Program, the portion of the Big Iron Farm Show connecting international equipment buyers with North Dakota businesses. The International Visitors Program (IVP) runs Sept. 11-14 and is organized by the North Dakota Trade Office (NDTO) in cooperation with the U.S. Commercial Service.

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“Once again, North Dakota is honored and privileged to welcome visitors from around the world to the Big Iron International Visitors Program, which has hosted more than 900 visitors from over 40 countries since the program began in 2007,” said ND Governor Burgum.

Delegations from countries including Russia, Uzbekistan, Zambia, Azerbaijan, Tanzania, and Romania are currently touring the Big Iron Farm Show. The Big Iron IVP also includes company presentations, equipment demonstrations, farm and ranch tours, educational events and networking receptions.

ND company participants may include agricultural equipment manufacturers, agriculture service providers, commodity storage and processing equipment manufacturers, educational institutions, and research specialists.

The Big Iron International Visitors Program is one component of North Dakota’s export expansion initiative. In 2016, North Dakota companies exported 1,328 unique products to 146 different countries, totaling $5.3 billion of merchandise. North Dakota exports increased in several markets last year. In 2016, export growth occurred in Russia, Canada, Germany, China, Ethiopia, Venezuela, Costa Rica and Ukraine among other countries. So far in 2017, North Dakota’s concentrated efforts in Peru, the Philippines and India have paid off with notable increases in those markets.

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