In Mexico this week for a trade mission, Gov. Mark Dayton and Mexican officials will sign five "memorandums of understanding" meant to formalize educational connections between the country and Minnesota, and to promote women in agriculture and business. 

Dayton left for Mexico on Monday afternoon. He's leading a group of 44 business owners and executives, educational leaders, state officials and others who are meeting with Mexican officials and business leaders to explore trade opportunities and other partnerships. 

The formal collaborations will be finalized in a signing ceremony on Wednesday morning at the Office of the Mexico Secretary of Foreign Affairs in Mexico City. 

The "Women in Agriculture and Business" agreement between the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and Mexico's Agriculture Ministry is meant to promote the exchange of information and best practices, strengthen communication and establish market ties, and foster involvement of women in organic and sustainable agricultural development. 

Other memorandums aim to promote Minnesota-Mexico ties in scientific research and education, and in higher education. "The purpose is to foster prosperity throughout the (Latin American and Caribbean) region through greater international exchange of students," according to a press release from Dayton's office. 

The Minnesota group, which includes U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer, leaves Mexico on Saturday. 

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