Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer will lead a U.S. Agribusiness Trade and Investment Mission to the Central American region Sept. 21-24 to further promote two-way cooperation, trade and investment between the United States and companies in Central America and the Dominican Republic, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) release.

Secretary Schafer will also meet with high-level government officials and visit U.S. agricultural development assistance and export certification facilities.

The mission's goal is to promote trade and investment, particularily in the processed goods, beverages, livestock genetics, meat and poulty, agricultural equipment, dairy products, fertilizer, and organic goods sectors. Participating U.S. companies will have the opportunity to form partnerships and joint ventures with Central American companies and entrepreneurs from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.

For more information, contact Darrell Upshaw of USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service at 202-690-1786 or