Ted McKinney has directed Indiana's Department of Agriculture since 2014, after working at Dow AgroSciences and Eli Lilly subsidiary Elanco.
The increase is due in part to grain and coal exports – the kind that could see major changes under Trump administration trade reforms.
Companies that rely heavily on exports are more likely to feel the impacts of a global market slowdown.
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The top export goods include industrial machinery, industrial equipment and pharmaceutical and life science products.
Gregg says he also wants to build a Midwest trade alliance in which neighboring states coordinate trade missions and efforts.
Indiana's lack of unstructured debt and good standing in the global marketplace are strengths which tend to attract new businesses.