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Trade conference to highlight importance of Va. ag exports

RICHMOND—Virginia farmers and other industry experts will have the chance to find out how they can benefit from the global marketplace March 7 and 8 at the fifth annual Governor’s Conference on Agricultural Trade at the Richmond Omni Hotel.

The conference is sponsored by Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Virginia Port Authority and the Virginia Tech Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics.

“Trade is an integral part of our state’s agriculture industry, and this conference gives producers the chance to hear from experts on how they can benefit from increasing their ag exports,” said Spencer Neale, VFBF commodity marketing specialist.

This year’s conference speakers will include New Zealand ambassador Mike Moore, who will talk about globablization and trade policy. Additionally, an embassy panel of speakers from countries including Chile and Russia will discuss trade relationships with the United States.

Participants also will learn about the widening of the Panama Canal and how it stands to affect Virginia’s agricultural trade opportunities.

“Virginia’s Norfolk port is one of the few on the East Coast that will be able to handle the size ships that travel through the Panama Canal, so this is a golden opportunity for our state’s farmers,” Neale said.

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Contact Neale at 804-290-1153.
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