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University to co-host conference on agricultural exports Sept. 25-26

Exporting agricultural goods-which include forestry products-will take the spotlight Sept. 25-26 in Savannah as farmers and agricultural businesses from around the country gather to enhance their knowledge at the 2013 International Agribusiness Conference and Expo, hosted by UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Georgia Southern University.

While the Port of Savannah is already No. 2 in the nation for export tons, the Georgia Ports Authority hopes to double its capacity within the next decade. That’s good news for Georgia farmers.

Doubling capacity means that larger shipments can be exported and that allows Georgia farmers and businesses to increase their economic productivity around the world. Already, almost 39 percent of shipments exported through the Savannah port are agricultural commodities.

During the two-day conference at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center, participants will interact with industry experts and international trade representatives. Workshop topics include finding markets and buyers for products, financing export transactions and learning about the country’s agricultural position in the world market.