Mexico and Indiana strengthen their relationship in the agri-food sector
MEXICO CITY – World Trade Center Indianapolis President Doris Anne Sadler joined Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch as part of a trade delegation to meet Mexico’s Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development Dr. Victor Villalobos. Indiana was the first state in the nation to send a high-profile official delegation to Mexico, after the country’s ratification of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement in June.
“Indiana and Mexico are bound together, and not just geographically by country, but economically,” Crouch said. “This meeting was a significant moment in our long and cherished history, and I look forward to building on our conversation to take agriculture and our two economies to the Next Level.”
Secretary Villalobos shared his vision for agricultural in Mexico, including new programs aimed to increase productivity of small farms and ranches. Participants agreed that one of the main challenges in rural areas from both countries is the aging of population in agricultural production activities, and find mechanisms to incentivize young farmers and ranchers to stay in their communities and build sustainable life projects.
Representatives of the Indiana business councils for soybean, corn, and poultry were also in attendance during the trip.