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Georgia Southern and UGA partner to help farmers

Georgia Southern University and the University of Georgia have finalized the topics to be addressed as the two institutions host the inaugural International Agribusiness Conference and Expo (IACE) on September 25-26 at the International Trade and Convention Center in Savannah, Ga.

This two day event will address the growing demand for job creation in the region and the need to reposition Georgia agriculture as a technologically advanced industry. It also aims to emphasize the economic opportunities available through international trade and the importance of integrating extensive importing and exporting practices into existing business plans.

The IACE will cover topics such as:

  • Finding Markets and Buyers for Your Products
  • Delivering Your Product to Your International Buyer
  • Export Controls and Selling to Sanctioned Countries
  • Making Sure You Get Paid: International Payment Options

The event will also feature a panel discussion with expert food exporters, a keynote address from Gretchin Corbin, deputy commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the International Reception with representatives from the global community and an expo featuring the latest in agricultural technology and best practices. The IACE will host other guests including Gary Black, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Agriculture, Susan Kinitar, director of the Export/Import Bank of the U.S., Rick Martin, director of the International Trade Center and Gary Stiltz, vice president of BB&T International Services.

A pre-conference farm tour and post-conference ports tour will also be offered . Deadline for the $170 early registration is July 30.

The 2013 grand conference sponsors include the Georgia Farm Bureau, Vidalia Onion Committee, Blueberry Growers Commission, Center of Innovation for Agribusiness, Georgia Ports Authority, Center of Innovation Logistics and the Herty Foundation. Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are still available.

Georgia Southern University, a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers 125 degree programs serving more than 20,500 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement.  Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered approach to education. Visit: www.georgiasouthern.edu.

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