South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he will travel to China this month as part of a delegation to help expand overseas markets for the state's exports.
The governor announced his trip during his weekly legislative session conference Friday.
Daugaard says 420 South Dakota companies export over $1 billion-worth of products each year, such as manufactured food, transportation electrical equipment and fabricated metal parts.
The state is partnering with North Dakota, whose Trade Office extended an invitation so that South Dakota could make business contacts.
Daugaard says it makes sense for South Dakota to eventually develop Mandarin learning programs so citizenry can better communicate with Chinese counterparts.
Representatives from Kolberg-Pioneer, Lloyd's Systems, Daktronics and Masaba will also take part in the trip from March 24-29.