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Stine Seed Signs Collaborative Agreement with Beijing W. Seed

November 9, 2017

On Nov. 8-10 President Donald Trump and representatives from 29 companies partook in the first presidential trade mission to China with the purpose of strengthening political ties and generating billions of dollars of trade deals.

Li Zhao, President of China Iowa Group and John Reiher, Director and Vice President of Asian Pacific for Stine Seed were proud to have joined the delegation and participated in the signing ceremony witnessed by U.S. President Donald Trump, and President of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping.

“Such a positive dynamic between US and Chinese officials can create a much better environment for business cooperation,” according to Li Zhao. "This is a very special, historic moment… our two governments very much hope to enhance economic and trade cooperation, so I think this is such a great opportunity. We hope, under such an environment, we can improve our cooperation with Chinese companies," she said, adding that agricultural trade has gained much attention from both Chinese and US governments. 

Li Zhao with the Founder of Alibaba, Jack Ma

A collaborative agreement was signed between Stine Seed Company and Beijing W. Seed during the deal signing ceremony organized by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the PRC Ministry of Commerce on Thursday, November 9th. The agreement will be of great benefit to Chinese farmers and will further strengthen Stine Seed Company’s rapidly increasing presence in China. 

For several years, Stine Seed and China Iowa Group have been working with Chinese officials to discuss how Stine’s elite seed genetics and unique high-population corn production systems may be of benefit to Chinese farmers and their seed industry.

“American businesses are the most innovative in the world, and, when given access, can compete with anyone,” said Secretary Ross according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. “I believe these deals can provide a solid foundation for a stronger relationship that is more free, fair, and reciprocal between the U.S. and China.”

About Stine Seed Farm, Inc.

As the nation’s largest independent seed company, Stine Seed Farm, Inc., headquartered near Adel, Iowa, is focused on developing and marketing the world's best-performing corn and soybean seed through its retail arm, Stine Seed Company. Stine Seed Farm, Inc., operates the industry's largest corn and soybean breeding and development program, advancing and testing nearly 1 million unique soybean varieties and more than 100,000 preliminary corn hybrids annually. For nearly five decades, Stine’s soybean research program has been regarded as the soybean genetics supplier of choice to the seed industry. For more information, call toll-free (800) 362-2510 or visit the website at

About China Iowa Group

China Iowa Group is an international trade firm specializing in sourcing, export sales and investment between the U.S. and China. China Iowa Group is headquartered in West Des Moines, Iowa, and manages an on-the-ground team in China of nearly a dozen bilingual local trade experts. China Iowa Group's principals are natives of both China and the U.S., and have complementary backgrounds combining careers at highly specialized trade firms, premier private equity and wall street institutions, and leading international agriculture companies. For more information, call (515) 279-8888 or visit our website at

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