Feb 17, 2011 7:11 PM by KXLF Media Center
Fifteen Montana farmers, ranchers and businesspeople will travel with Senator Max Baucus to Colombia and Brazil next week to meet with local business leaders and top government officials and explore new opportunities for supporting Montana jobs by increasing demand for Montana products.
"Montanans make the best products in the world, and they also make the best ambassadors. So I'm proud to bring Montana farmers and business owners down to Colombia and Brazil to make the pitch for selling more of our world-class products in these important markets," Baucus said in a news release. "Increasing demand for Montana-made products increases demand for Montana workers, and that means good-paying jobs for our state. Good-paying jobs is what this trip is all about."
Those accompanying him include:
• Webb and Kathy Brown, Montana Chamber of Commerce, Helena
• Charlene Campbell, Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre, Missoula
• Steve Holland, Montana Manufacturing Extension Center, Bozeman
• Nicole Hagerman Miller, Montana World Trade Center, Missoula
• Kim Murray, Montana Pulse Advisory Committee, Froid
• Allan Overcast, Link Communications, Billings
• Mike Overstreet, Corporate Air, Billings
• Robert Peccia, CIPP Corp, Helena
• Jason Porch, Big Sky Economic Development Association, Billings
• Lola Raska, Montana Grain Growers, Great Falls
• Jeff Ruffner, MSE, Butte
• Tom and Carol Spika, Spika Welding, Lewistown
• Nina Zidack, Montana State University Seed Potato Certification Program, Bozeman
Colombia is one of South America's top markets for American wheat and holds great potential for barley, pea and lentil and seed potato producers. Both Colombia and Brazil represent large potential markets for the Montana industries joining the trip, from energy to manufacturing and communications to aviation, according to Baucus' office.