Governor Branstad and a delegation of more than 50 Iowans are headed to China.
A portion of the group left from the Des Moines Airport just before 8 a.m. Friday.
During the trip the governor will talk trade with Chinese leaders including longtime friend President Xi Jinping.
Branstad says his relationship with Xi spans more than two decades, and it’s paid off in the form of creating opportunities for both countries. “They purchase more soybeans then the rest of the countries in the world combined. When he was here last year he they bought $3.4 billion worth of soybeans from Iowa,” he says.
The delegation will be back in Iowa Thursday night.