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Indiana Lieutenant Governor to Lead Agricultural Trade Mission to Taiwan

PR0645E | Date: 2006-09-27

Lt. Governor Becky Skillman and Indiana Agriculture Director Andy Miller will lead a delegation of more than 30 Indiana agribusiness leaders and state government and education officials in Taiwan from October 2 to October 4.  The goal of the mission in Taiwan is to connect delegates with individual business counterparts here, such as retailers, wholesalers, restaurant chains and importers, thereby creating new business opportunities for Indiana's food and agricultural industry.

"Indiana has hosted two Taiwan delegations of food and agricultural leaders in the past year alone," said Lt. Governor Skillman.  "We are now traveling to Taiwan to pursue leads from those visits and from the Governor's trade mission to Taiwan in August 2005.  I am confident that our visit to this market will yield many future benefits."

According to Indiana Agriculture Director Andy Miller, "From previous agricultural trade missions we have seen the greatest interest in Indiana's hardwood, pork, soybean and corn sectors.  We also see opportunities for a large variety of value-added products.  Our delegation will focus on these key areas."  Director Miller and Deputy Agriculture Director Beth Bechdol will organize and coordinate the trade mission.

One successful trade relationship built up from past trade missions involves wine. Taiwan wine importing companies have met with Indiana wine exporters and have developed a thriving business.  This is but one example of the sometimes unexpected and valuable business ties that have resulted from this ongoing exchange.

As their fellow delegation members investigate business opportunities, representatives from Purdue University will meet with National Taiwan University officials to discuss future collaboration.

The Indiana delegation includes a wide range of food and agricultural companies (see below).  The delegation will arrive in Taiwan on October 1 and spend October 2nd, 3rd, and 4th here before going to Vietnam, their next stop.  The delegation also will receive briefings from staff of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and will hold meetings with Taiwan officials.

Please find below the delegation list with an indication of their interests.




Type of Contact

(Role in Delegation)

Adam Moody

Moody Meats

organic wholesale/retail

Andy Hughes

Farmers Exchange


Andy Miller

Indiana State Dept of Ag

(state official)

Becky Skillman

Lieutenant Governor

(state official)

Beth Bechdol

Indiana State Dept of Ag

(state official)

Bob Burke

Indiana Hardwoods and Lumberman's Association, Inc.


Chris Jenson

LG staff

(state official)

Chris Novak

Indiana Corn and Soybean Organizations

corn/soybean importers

Dave Bramlage

Cole Hardwoods

lumber mills/furniture manufacturers

Dave Russell



Deb Abbott


(state official)

Don Hollinger

Oliver Winery

wine importers

Don Orr

JBS United

hog and animal feed production

Jim Schriver

President, Indiana Soybean Board

corn/soy importers

Joe Meyer

Indiana Corn and Soybean Organizations

corn/soy importers

Joyce Miller

Frank Miller Lumber

lumber mills/furniture

Matt Gibson

President, Indiana Corn Corn Association


Matt Harrod

Indiana State Dept of Ag

(state official)

Melissa Reese

Ice Miller

trade law

Monty Moss

Indiana Pork Producers'

pork importers/production

Randy Woodson

Purdue University

(education official)

Rep. Bill Friend


(state official)

Rep. Terry Gooden


(state official)

Sen. Allie Craycraft


(state official)

Sen. Beverly Gard


(state official)

Sonny Beck

Beck's Superior Hybrids

corn/soy seed

Steve Akard

Indiana Economic
Development Corporation

(state official)

Steve Humke

Ice Miller

trade law

Susan Lyons

Louis Dreyfus

corn/soy end user

For more information about the delegation, please contact:

State of Indiana Taiwan Office, IEDC Director Jeff T. Wang Tel: (02) 2729-6103 Fax: (02) 2729-9719 Email: