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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ Buyers from nine countries will travel to Illinois to shop for grain and grain-related products as part of what the Department of Agriculture is calling a “reverse trade mission.”

In a news release Friday, the department says the annual Grain Tour will begin Monday.

The five-day event will include stops at two farms, the Chicago Board of Trade and Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Archer Daniels Midland plant in Decatur.

Agriculture officials say nearly half of Illinois’ grain is exported every year.

The state is the largest producer of soybeans in the U.S., at 462 million bushels, and the nation’s second-largest producer of corn.