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Todd Haymore, the state’s Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry, remarked that, “By expanding dramatically our global footprint, Virginia has never been better positioned than we are now to build on these successes and capture new export opportunities in the future as demand grows.”

According to Gov. Bob McDonnell, agricultural exports generate roughly $1.40 for every $1 shipped to export partners, which in turn benefits farmers, foresters and the state’s port.

“With the trade offices we’ve established in key global regions and new ones we’ll open this year, as well as the trade missions I will conduct later this year, I expect to see Virginia’s agricultural exports to grow,” said the Governor, who has kept a busy schedule promoting Virginia in foreign markets.

McDonnell is scheduled to lead trade missions to China and Japan this year.

China was the state’s top export market in 2011 and 2012. 

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