While there, he announced that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) intends to invest in approximately 70 US agricultural organisations overseas to continue to “expand markets for American goods abroad… [and] to break down barriers to trade.”
Vilsack stated that this funding “will ensure that US agriculture remains a bright spot in America’s economy and a driving force behind export growth.”
In Hanoi, he met with several US agricultural organisations that will benefit from the investment schemes and spoke with Vietnamese officials and students from the Hanoi University of Agriculture.
Next, Vilsack will travel to China as part of President Barack Obama’s delegation to attend the Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT).
There he hopes to meet with other US agricultural organisations benefitting from the USDA’s “international market development efforts.”