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Treasure Valley onion businesses host Mexican trade group

ONTARIO – Eight local onion packing firms hosted a Mexican trade group recently as part of an effort to open up new export markets.

Seven Mexican onion buyers toured six onion packing sheds in Idaho and two in Oregon last month.

The Western United States Agriculture Trade Association in conjunction with the Oregon and Idaho state agriculture departments sponsored the visit.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture helped fund the delegation trip, said Eric Garman, trade development manager for the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

“It is a business meet-and-greet and also allows buyers and onion sellers to start a relationship. The ultimate goal is to sell more onions into Mexico,” said Garman.

The group from Mexico saw the local onion sheds in action as produce was delivered, processed and then packed.

Trade visits to the northwest . . .