College hosts first international trade seminar panel discussion

Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore fields questions from students during the International Trade Seminar Series.

Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore fields questions from students during the International Trade Seminar Series.

The first of a new International Trade Seminar Series hosted by the college explored the importance of agriculture and forestry exports to Virginia’s economy.

Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore gave opening remarks and served on a panel along with Ambassador Richard Crowder, professor of agricultural and applied economics; C. Gordon Thornhill Jr., a college alumnus and owner of one of America’s largest livestock export companies; and other prominent members of the state agriculture and forestry sector.

The panel discussion was a follow-up to the Governor’s Conference on Agricultural Trade that touted a record-breaking $2.85 billion in Virginia exports last year. The panel discussion addressed the steps needed to expand Virginia’s export trade and emphasized the need for Virginia’s future producers of agricultural and forestry products to understand the global nature of the state’s exports in the marketplace.

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