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Published May 16, 2013, 11:58 AM

North Dakota leaders plan trade trip to Kazakhstan

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota government and trade leaders are planning a trip to Kazakhstan next week to strengthen trade ties.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota government and trade leaders are planning a trip to Kazakhstan next week to strengthen trade ties.

Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and North Dakota Trade Office Executive Director Dean Gorder will lead the trade mission. The group will attend an economic forum in the city of Astana. Officials from North Dakota State University also plan to sign cooperation agreements with several universities in the country.

North Dakota already has a trading relationship with the former Soviet republic. Kazakhstan is North Dakota's 17th-largest trading partner. North Dakota exports to the country including cattle, livestock equipment and agricultural machinery have exceeded $274 million in the last decade.

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