Idaho Gov. Butch Otter will lead a group of business leaders on a trade mission to Peru and Mexico next week, traveling from May 9-16; the trip includes businesses ranging from producers of milk and potatoes to makers of boat docks and skin care products. All hope to increase their exports to Central and South America, the AP reports. This is Otter’s first overseas trade mission since November of 2013, when he led a trip to Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia.
AP reporter Ryan Struyk reports that companies cover their own travel and hotel fees for the trip, along with an additional $2,200 registration fee to cover renting meeting room space and the receptions with ambassadors, but they’re partly subsidized by roughly $35,000 in federal grants from the U.S. Small Business Administration that cover about half of the trip's costs. Struyk reports that three state Department of Commerce staffers, three staffers from the state Department of Agriculture and two state police officers also will accompany Otter; First Lady Lori Otter is going on the trip at her own expense. You can read his full report here.