Are Exports An Opportunity for Your Farm?

Are Exports An Opportunity for Your Farm?

August 20 seminar will help farmers, agribusinesses learn how to get into the business of exporting products.

If you have ever wondered whether or not overseas markets might be an ideal expansion for your farm or agribusiness, you might want to mark Aug. 20 on your calendar.

The Kansas Department of Agriculture's agricultural marketing division will partner with the U.S. Food Export Association of the Midwest to host an exporting seminar on Olathe on that date. The seminar is designed to help make farmers and agribusiness owners aware of the expanding opportunities in international markets and help them acquire the necessary tools and knowledge to become competitive in the global marketplace.

"Kansas companies are finding that the export market can be a good option for growing their businesses. We have seen a 64% increase in Kansas agricultural exports since 2003," said J.J. Jones, referencing data from USDA Foreign Ag Service.

Professionals will be on hand to answer export-related questions and the seminar will provide farms, ranches, agribusinesses and food companies a chance to learn the basics of the export world and how to find potential international buyers for their products.

Educational opportunity
"Kansas companies are finding that the export market can be a good option for growing their businesses.  We have seen a 64% increase in Kansas agricultural exports since 2003," said J.J. Jones, Kansas Department of Agriculture international trade director, referencing data from USDA Foreign Ag Service.  "This educational opportunity will provide valuable resources to help businesses explore new opportunities and gain a better understanding of the process involved to deliver products into a foreign market."

The seminar is titled "The Best Ways to Get Started in Exporting," and is geared for Kansas food processors who want to learn about what it takes to become successful when exporting products. The all-day training will include developing export readiness skills, learning about export shipping and documentation, and navigating free trade agreements, among other useful topics.

The Food Export Association of the Midwest says that the entire U.S. economy benefits when a business begins exporting products. Data from the association says that for every $1 billion in agricultural exports, the U.S. gains 12,000 American jobs.

The registration fee for the seminar is $50. Questions can be directed to the KDA International Trade Director, J.J. Jones at 785-215-5114 or at [email protected]

Businesses are encouraged to sign up at the Food Export Association of the Midwest website by August 13.

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