Governor says university plays key role in agricultural trade

Charles Steger

Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger addresses the crowd at the Governor’s Conference on Agricultural Trade.

When Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell announced the state’s second year of record agricultural trade export figures, he recognized the vital role Virginia Tech plays in helping to expand and diversify the commonwealth’s largest industry.

“Virginia Tech has been a remarkable source of expertise,” McDonnell said at the Governor’s Conference on Agricultural Trade, held in Richmond, Va., earlier this year. The event was sponsored in part by the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics.

Soybean, lumber, tobacco, wheat, and pork — all commodities for which Virginia Tech provides crucial research and extension services— were among the top exported products that helped push 2012 export figures to a record $2.61 billion.

“We have the commitment and competitive ability to assist our agricultural constituents to prosper and meet the challenges of the 21st century,” said Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger, who also spoke at the conference.