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Workshop to help Illinois farmers break into world export market     Send a link to a friend

[DEC. 1, 2003]  SPRINGFIELD -- A one-day export workshop will help educate Illinois food and agribusiness companies to successfully tap into foreign markets. The program will be on Dec. 16 at Bradley in Peoria. The Illinois Department of Agriculture, with the help of the Mid-America International Agri-Trade Council and the International Trade Center/NAFTA Opportunity Center at Bradley University, will address a variety of exporting issues.

"Illinois has some of the most fertile soil in the nation, helping our farmers to produce top-quality products. We have a lot to offer world markets," Department of Agriculture Director Chuck Hartke said. "Illinois is already the fifth largest agricultural exporter in the country, and by giving both the agribusiness sector as well as farmers and producers the knowledge and resources they need to break into foreign markets, we open the doors to climb even higher up the food chain."

Through the course of the day, participants will learn valuable advice on strategic planning, sales distribution channels, international sales procedures, international transportation and resources available to assist food and agricultural companies.

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"Ninety-six percent of the world's population lives outside the U.S. borders. Many people don't realize how large the potential market is for Illinois products," Department of Agriculture International Marketing Representative Kim Hamilton said.

The workshop is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 16. The $40 fee includes the cost of reference materials, lunch and the workshop itself. Participants are encouraged to preregister by calling Kim Hamilton in the Bureau of Marketing & Promotion at (217) 782-5809 by Dec. 12.

[Illinois Department of Agriculture news release]


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