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Korean ambassador to visit Langdon farm

The Korean Ambassador to the United States will be in North Carolina April 25-27 to discuss the benefits of the proposed U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement and will be touring a Benson-area farm on Tuesday, April 26.

Ambassador Han Duk-soo, and members of his visiting delegation, will be at the John Langdon farm from approximately 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. next Tuesday morning.  The media is invited and officials in attendance will be available for interviews.  The visit is part of the U.S.-Korea Partnership:  Growing Jobs in North Carolina tour.

The Langdon farm is located at 7728 Raleigh Road; Benson, NC, 27504.  John Langdon and his family raise pigs, cattle and produce a variety of crops.  Langdon is a contract pork grower with Murphy-Brown, LLC, the livestock production subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, Inc.

Ambassador Han will be joined on the farm tour by Joe Luter IV of Smithfield Foods, Inc.; Deborah Johnson, CEO of the N.C. Pork Council; host John Langdon and John Brewer, U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service Administrator.

The North Carolina  trip is being conducted by a partnership made up of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Korean embassy and Triangle-area business and government leaders.

Following the farm tour, Ambassador Han will return to Raleigh where he will join with N.C. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler for a working lunch and a discussion of the job-creating benefits of the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS).

About the North Carolina Pork Council (www.ncpork.org)
The North Carolina Pork Council (NCPC) is the statewide organization chartered in 1962 to support producers and allied industry partners within the North Carolina pork industry. Today, the pork industry in the state includes more than 2,300 farms, about 46,000 full-time jobs and adds $9 billion to North Carolina’s economy.
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