Taiwan flour millers, government officials to sign letter of intent to purchase 62.5 million bushels of wheat from U.S. sources over next two years during agricultural goodwill mission to Montana Sept. 28-29

HELENA, Montana , September 23, 2011 (press release) – Taiwan flour millers and government officials are visiting Montana Sept. 28-29 as part of an agricultural goodwill mission.

Several representatives of the Taiwan Flour Mills Association are among the delegation, led by I-Tsung Chen, Chairman of Tai Cheng Flour Mill Co. Ltd. Accompanying the group will be officials from U.S. Wheat Associates and the Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in Seattle.

A joint communiqué will be signed by Governor Brian Schweitzer and members of the delegation Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Governor's Conference Room. U.S. Wheat Associates, the Montana Department of Agriculture and the Montana Wheat & Barley Committee are hosting the group.

Committee Chairman Leonard Schock indicated that the group planned to sign a letter  of intent during their visit to purchase up to 62.5 million bushels of wheat from U.S. sources during the next two years. A large amount of that wheat comes from Montana.

Wheat from several states is blended before it is shipped overseas, making it difficult to quantify exports specifically from Montana, notes Kim Falcon, Executive Vice President of the Montana Wheat & Barley Committee. Taiwan is among the top 10 buyers of U.S. wheat, and its flour millers are among the most quality-conscious buyers in the world, she says.

While in Montana, the delegation plans to meet with wheat growers and state officials. The purpose of the trip is to renew the long-standing friendships developed between the two countries over the years.

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