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2015 Governor’s Conference on Agriculture Trade Open for Registration

Theme: Facilitating New Opportunities in the Global Marketplace

Dates: March 9-10, 2015

Location: Richmond Marriott Hotel

 This conference is organized by the Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, the Virginia Port Authority and the Virginia Tech Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics. The 2015 Governor’s Conference on Agricultural Trade: Facilitating New Opportunities in the Global Marketplace, the seventh such event, will be held in Richmond on March 9 and 10. It will once again feature an outstanding array of speakers from the front lines of our trade sector, individuals who are involved in this complex marketplace every day. Conference participants will hear from foreign dignitaries, private-sector leaders, trade negotiators and others on topics that are timely and relevant for 2015 and beyond.

Please register for the conference at this site.
The current conference agenda can be found here.

 

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Virginia’s Grain “Imports” by Rail: A Summary

Peter Caffarelli, Graduate student, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech

Dr. Gustavo Ferreira, (gferre3@vt.edu) Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech

Dr. Gordon Groover, Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech

Dr. Kathryn Boys, Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech

Connecting producers and markets (both domestic and abroad), transportation is critical to agriculture. Agriculture is the largest user of the transportation system in the U.S., moving 22 percent of the total tonnage and 31 percent of the total ton-miles in 2007.[1] The modes of transportation—truck; rail; and barge—complement and compete with one another in the shipment of grain.[2] Often, for example, producers will haul their grain by truck to an elevator, which then collects and ships the product via rail or barge to larger markets. Continue reading

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An Introductory Look at Rail and Commercial Grain Facilities in Virginia

By Peter Caffarelli,[1] Dr. Gustavo Ferreira,[2] Dr. Gordon Groover,[3] and Dr.Grain Harvest Kathryn Boys[4]

The article, “How Grain is Transported in the United States” (April-May 2013 issue of Farm Business Management Update), explained the trends and basic information pertaining to grain transportation in the U.S. This article will focus on Virginia’s rail system, how grain is transported, and locations of Virginia’s grain major handling facilities relative to the rail network. Continue reading

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