Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds is in Brazil this week.
She’ll return on Saturday from a week-long trade mission to one of the state’s largest trading partners.
Reynolds says Iowa and Brazil are both leaders in agriculture and agricultural equipment.
“The delegation is comprise of 15 individuals representing various Iowa industries,” Reynolds says, “and the mission will include two cities, Sao Paulo and Ribeirão Preto.”
Travel will be paid by private donations to the Iowa Economic Development Authority Foundation.
At a news conference earlier this month, Reynolds said the mission is a great opportunity.
“Brazil is Iowa's 5th largest export market,” Reynolds says, “with over 500 million dollars worth of manufactured and value-added goods exported in 2014.”
The mission begins in Sao Paulo, the capitol city of Brazil’s largest state. Reynolds says she hopes to strengthen relationships Governor Branstad initiated in an earlier mission to Brazil.