International Grain Buyers Visiting Illinois
Dozens of international buyers are in Illinois this week as the state tries to increase export sales for the grain industry.
The Illinois Department of Agriculture is hosting more than 40 buyers from ten different countries beginning today.
State officials say the Illinois grain tour has generated nearly $200 million in sales annually in previous years.
The tour will make a few stops including a University of Illinois research plot in Sangamon County and a stop at Archer Daniels Midland in Decatur.
State Agriculture Director Raymond Poe says the tour is necessary because exporting Illinois grain "is vital to the growth of our industry."