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Ambassador Kirk Begins Visit to Little Rock, Focuses on Increasing Agricultural Exports

10/05/2010 - 3:49pm

Ambassador Kirk touched down in Arkansas last night for a two-day visit to the Little Rock region. He began the morning with members of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, answering questions and discussing international trade issues.

Later, he joined Senator Blanche Lincoln for a meeting with representatives of the poultry industry. While there, he highlighted the significance of opening international markets to support Arkansas jobs and businesses from around the state. Ambassador Kirk then toured the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff campus with Senator Lincoln and commended the school for its focus on rural development and expanding agriculture.

Later in the day, Ambassador Kirk hosted an Agricultural Commodity roundtable discussion. He emphasized USTR’s efforts to promote exports under the President’s National Export Initiative, and listened to and addressed the concerns of Arkansas farmers, workers, and agricultural producers.

Arkansas has demonstrated substantial growth in exports over the last decade and USTR is working to continue to open new markets and enforce current trade agreements - to help support broader growth of the state’s economy and create more Arkansas jobs.

Read this week's trade spotlight to learn more about how exports are helping Arkansas businesses grow.