Promoting modern beef cattle production practices utilized by Kansas farmers and ranchers and high quality Kansas beef products will be priorities for the Kansas Department of Agriculture during a current trade mission to Russia that started Wednesday and runs through Nov. 2.

KDA Agribusiness Coordinator Thad Geiger has joined a delegation of officials from the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Montana Department of Agriculture on the mission to Russia sponsored by the U.S. Livestock Genetics Export, Inc. The delegation will meet with government officials, including government leaders in Novosibirsk, attend the Agro Expo Siberia and visit cattle ranches in the Novosibirsk region.

As Russia and other Eastern European countries work to rebuild domestic cattle herds, Geiger said Kansas has tremendous potential to benefit. Noting U.S. exports of more than 54,000 breeding cows from the United States to Russia in 2012, Geiger said this mission will help further solidify Kansas' role as an international leader in the beef cattle industry.