Global Opportunities for Va. Farmers is Focus of Trade Conference

A representative of Canada’s new trade office in Washington will meet with Virginia agribusinesses during the sixth annual Governor’s Conference on Agricultural Trade.

Those appointments are just one option for Virginia farmers and agribusiness professionals interested in learning about export opportunities at the March 6 and 7 event in Richmond.

Trade representatives from Japan, Vietnam, Panama and the European Union have been invited to talk about Virginia agricultural trade with their countries and how trade partnerships can be strengthened. Additionally, Gov. Terry McAuliffe will address his plans to make Virginia the East Coast capital for exported farm goods and will announce total figures for Virginia’s 2013 agricultural exports.

“This conference is an excellent chance for farmers and others associated with Virginia’s agricultural industry to learn more about export opportunities and to network with representatives of countries interested in trading with us,” said Virginia Farm Bureau Federation Commodity Marketing Director Spencer Neale. Farm Bureau is one of the conference’s organizers, along with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Virginia Port Authority and Virginia Tech’s Department of Agriculture and Applied Economics.

Conference details are available at here.

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