Trade

Trade
8:37 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Idaho Gov. Otter Preps For Trade Mission To Russia

Idaho's largest export sector is semiconductors and industrial, worth more than $3.17 billion in 2012.
Credit Micron Technology

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter is getting ready for a nine-day trade mission in Russia.

The Republican governor, his staff and Idaho business leaders will leave Boise Friday.

The trip caps a busy year of international travel for Otter, who has already made official visits to Vietnam, Taiwan and Korea.

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Idaho Veterans
4:55 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Korean Diplomats Honor Idaho Veterans

Idaho Veteran Leonard Brown
Scott Ki Boise State Public Radio

South Korean diplomats from their Embassy in Washington, D.C. visited the Idaho State Veterans Home in Boise Wednesday.  They honored Korean War veterans while in the Northwest to promote a free trade agreement between the U.S and Korea. 

Sixty years ago, U.S. servicemen and women battled communist Chinese and North Koreans in what’s been called the Forgotten War. The war is not officially over, but a somewhat stable peace has existed in the Korean peninsula since the nation was divided in the 1950s. 

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Agriculture
1:30 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Ag Ambassador Visits Boise To Highlight Trade And Jobs

Seal of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
USTR

Wednesday marks World Trade Day in Idaho.  Companies throughout the state sold nearly $6 billion worth of exports last year.   That’s about 10% of everything Idaho produces.  As part of the day’s events, Boise State hosts a top U.S. trade negotiator.  Ambassador Isi Siddiqui will highlight international trade and American jobs.   

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StateImpact Idaho
10:40 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Trade Mission To China Showcases Unexpected Idaho Businesses

Moxie Java’s first store opened in 1988. The Deans purchased the company in 2001.
Moxie Java

The most recent trade mission to China organized by the state Department of Commerce and headlined by Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter is underway this week.

Computer and electronic products make up the lion’s share of Idaho’s exports to China, but that sector isn’t represented in the lineup of 15 Idaho companies working to explore and strengthen trade ties.

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Environment
9:09 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Anti-Coal Protesters Take Message To Top Oregon Officials

Andy Harris with the group Physicians for Social Responsibility speaks at a rally against coal export terminals outside a meeting of the Oregon State Land Board in Salem
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Environmental groups are mobilizing against proposals to export coal through Northwest terminals. That coal would be mined in the Rockies and travel by train across Idaho to Oregon and Washington ports to be shipped to Asia.   Protesters rallied in Oregon’s capital Monday. They're asking Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber to block permits for several coal terminals.

Critics say the coal-laden trains would spew dust and block traffic. And environmental groups oppose the use of coal as an energy source regardless of where and how it's shipped.

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