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ASTANA, KAZAKHSTAN, July 27, 2006—U.S. agribusiness representatives today concluded a large trade and investment mission to Astana and Almaty, Kazakhstan, led by Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns.

"The U.S. agribusiness organizations on this mission represent the best of the American entrepreneurial spirit," said Johanns. "Their presence during this past week reflects their interest and confidence in Kazakhstan and the trade and investment opportunities developing here."

The U.S. companies and associations are interested in identifying investment partners and opportunities and in forming partnerships with local agricultural industry entrepreneurs. They want to find markets for their products and services, explore investment and joint venture opportunities, and also to buy goods from Kazakhstan.

The 18 U.S. companies and associations taking part in this mission deal in farm and food service equipment, agrichemicals, animal genetics, meat, poultry, rice, and processed fruits and nuts. They also include firms that specialize in irrigation and desalinization, engineering, management, and finance. The participants demonstrate the diverse U.S. sectors interested in establishing commercial ties with Kazakhstan. Some companies are already doing business in Kazakhstan.

They have met with local agricultural industry entrepreneurs and Kazakhstani government officials. Site visits to agribusinesses allowed them to observe the day-to-day operations of local businesses.

Johanns and other government officials met with the President, Deputy Prime Minister, Agriculture Minister and other officials concerning policies and regulations affecting the Kazakhstani trade and investment system.

Johanns also announced that he and Agriculture Minister Akhmedzhan Yesimov will develop a cooperative agreement that will facilitate expanded cooperation in agriculture technology including biotechnology and trade capacity building. The plan is that the agreement will be concluded and signed when President Nazarbayev and Minister Yesimov visit the United States later this year.

A listing of private sector U.S. trade and investment mission participants is attached.


Release No. 0266.06
FAS PR 0090-06

Ed Loyd (202) 720-4623



Private Sector U.S. Trade and Investment Mission Participants

Company or Assocation




Location Product or Service
Case New Holland Arthur Miles

Joseph Samora

Steven Nadherny

Lake Forest, Ill. Farm equipment
John Deere Ivan Vovchok

Johen Voigt

Mustafa Sahin

Moline, Ill. Farm equipment
Amity Technology Nickolay Ryabov Fargo, ND Farm equipment, sugarbeets
Dow AgroSciences Andrey Vernigor Indianapolis, Ind. Agrichemicals
World Wide Sires, Ltd. Tony Evangelo Visalia, Calif. Animal genetics
ABS Global Todor Arbov DeForest, Wis. Animal genetics
National Meat Association Jeremy Russell Oakland, Calif. Meat exports
Intervision Foods Jim Wayt Atlanta, Ga. Meat and poultry exports
U.S. Rice Producers Association Greg Yielding Houston, Texas Rice exports
Valmont Irrigation, Inc. Richard D. Berkland Valley, Neb. Irrigation equipment
Sweetwater International, Inc. Edward W. Jackson Salt Lake City, Utah Desalinization equipment
FOODPRO International, Inc. Bill Washburn

Olga Osipova

San José, Calif. Consulting and engineering
Agribusiness Management Company Nicholas Pribus

Mike Jung

Erlan Sagadiev

Omaha, Neb. Management and finance
Midamar Corporation Bill Aossey

Jim Williams

Cedar Rapids, Iowa Food service supplies and equipment
FoodSource, Inc. Syed Hussain Hinsdale, Ill. Processed fruit and nut supplies
The Wornick Company Paul Dupont Cincinnati, Ohio MRE’s
U.S.-Kazakhstan Business Association William Veale Washington, DC Business community representation
Globex International Leonid Kogan

Dimitri Belash

New York, NY Meat and poultry exports

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