MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is highlighting export opportunities in Saudi Arabia for food and agricultural companies.

The department and the U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council are sponsoring a seminar in Minneapolis on Tuesday on exporting to Saudi Arabia, which imported almost $700 million dollars in U.S. agricultural products last year.

David Callahan, vice president of the council, says the Saudi government is phasing out local production of water-intensive crops, thus limiting expansion of its agricultural sector.

Minnesota agriculture exports have been outpacing total U.S. ag exports to Saudi Arabia for the last seven years. Top Minnesota products going there include sauces, condiments, vegetables and animal feed.

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