Governor Branstad announced Monday he will be leading a trade mission to China this month.
The mission includes the governors of Virginia, Wisconsin and Guam as well as representatives from 18 others Iowa organizations and business.
The group leaves in mid-April for a four-day trip, which includes meetings with senior government officials, and current and potential business partners.
The governors will take part in a forum and celebrate the 30th anniversary of Iowa’s designation as sister state with Hebei province.
Iowa’s relationship with China began back in 1985, when current President Xi first came to the state for a visit. During his most recent visit last year, Xi signed a contract for Iowa to ship over $4.3 billion in soybean and soy products.
China is the largest export market for soybeans in the world.
Private funds from the Iowa Economic Development Authorities are paying for the trip.