By Eli Yokley
JEFERSON CITY, Mo. — Gov. Jay Nixon announced Tuesday that the state closed agreements on a trade deal to sell $700 million in Missouri goods to Taiwan during the next four years.
Nixon, who embarked this week on his third trade trip as Governor, said the deal included a $200 million agreement between the state Department of Agriculture and the Taiwan Feed Industry Association to boost the State’s agriculture output and a $500 million agreement between the Missouri Department of Economic Development and the Taiwan External Trade Development Council.
“Exporting more Missouri-made and Missouri-grown products around the globe has been a top priority of my administration from day one for a simple reason: it creates jobs and strengthens our economy at home,” Nixon said in a statement. “Today, with businesses hiring and our unemployment rate far below the national average, these agreements to sell $700 million in Missouri goods to consumers in Taiwan will help us build on this momentum and continue moving our economy forward.”
Nixon was joined on the trade trip by Rep. Lincoln Hough, R-Springfield, and Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City.
This Asia trip marks Nixon’s second to the region. During October 2011, Nixon visited China for a pervious trade trip, and last April he led another delegation to Brazil.