“This can be a win for our agricultural neighborhood — and a testomony to the labor that our farmers put in day and time out to make us a prime world producer of corn and soybeans,” stated Governor JB Pritzker. “I’ve little doubt that Illinois and Taiwan will proceed to get pleasure from a mutually affluent friendship for a few years to return — and I’m perpetually grateful for his or her partnership.”
“Not solely does at the moment’s ceremony display Taiwan’s dedication to investing in Illinois’s agriculture, it additionally means extra alternatives for Illinois’s farmers, extra good jobs in our state and a continued financial relationship with Taiwan,” stated US Senator Tammy Duckworth. “I am so proud to be part of this essential funding in our nice state and honored to witness the signing of letters of intent between Illinois and Taiwan. The Taiwanese stakeholders right here at the moment acknowledge what I’ve lengthy recognized: Illinois is a superb place to do enterprise—and I will proceed to unfold the message.”
Governor Pritzker, Senator Tammy Duckworth, representatives of the Taipei Financial and Cultural Workplace in Chicago, and the Taiwanese Division of Agriculture signed the letters of intent between the Illinois Corn Advertising Board, Illinois Soybean Affiliation, Taiwan Feed Trade Affiliation, and the Taiwan Vegetable Oil Producers Affiliation. The letters decide to the sale and buy of between 96 million and 107 million bushels of soybeans and 59 million bushels of corn, along with different corn byproducts.
Taiwan and Illinois have an extended historical past of commerce and agricultural partnership. 13 Taiwan Agricultural Commerce Goodwill Missions visited the US since 1998, ensuing within the export of three.1 billion bushels of US corn price $13.8 billion and 1.5 billion bushels of US soybeans price $15.1 billion. The US is a main supply of crop imports for Taiwan, with Illinois rating excessive amongst contributing states for corn and soybean exports. Taiwan continues to rank as Illinois’ second main corn buying and selling accomplice and third main accomplice in purchases of soybeans.
“In Illinois, our agricultural trade is powered by communities of expert and passionate farmers, growers and employees. This $2.6 billion-dollar deal is a testomony to their excellence, and it as soon as once more exhibits Illinois Ag is a driving drive making impacts far and vast,” stated Illinois Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton. “This collaborative effort is not going to solely create jobs and generate income, but additionally encourage continued development for worldwide commerce right here in Illinois. I usually say that Ag connects us all, and that is how it’s completed.”
“Since first collaborating in Soybean Commerce Missions in 1978, Taiwan has established itself as an essential buying and selling accomplice with the State of Illinois and its primary trade,” stated Jerry Costello, Director of the Illinois Division of Agriculture. “Our commerce relationship has solely grown since, with Taiwan being our quantity two buying and selling accomplice for corn and quantity three buying and selling accomplice for soybeans. This partnership helps to maintain Illinois as the highest producer of soybeans within the US and the quantity two producer of corn. We sit up for working with Taiwan for years to return.”
“Illinois corn farmers place a excessive precedence on constructing mutually useful relationships and nurturing current relationships with worldwide prospects of US corn. Taiwan is a dependable purchaser of US corn and dried distillers grains with solubles; they’re the eighth largest export marketplace for US corn and the twelfth largest purchaser of DDGS. We recognize the chance to thank them for the connection constructed and put together for future years of worthwhile commerce,” stated Mark Wilson, speedy previous chairman and farmer.
“Commerce is significant to Illinois’ 43,000 soybean producers with roughly 60 % of the practically 672 million bushels of the soybeans grown in Illinois being exported, leading to an estimated $4-5 billion in worth,” stated ISG Chairman, Steve Pitstick. “We’re grateful for the distinctive relationship between Illinois soybean farmers and Taiwan and are trying ahead to working collectively to help world commerce.”