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Va. ag, forestry exports girdling the globe

Monday - 3/3/2014, 3:39am  ET

Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virginia farm and forestry products will take center stage in Richmond this week for the sixth Governor's Conference on Agricultural Trade.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe will deliver the keynote address Thursday as the gathering of growers, trade officials and dignitaries convene for two days.

Farm and forest exports are a growing economic force in Virginia.

Agricultural exports reached a record $2.61 billion in 2012, with China accounting for the biggest share of Virginia products. The 2012 trade figure was up by 12 percent from 2011, which in turn increased by 11 percent from the previous year.

Four years ago, the state had one trade office, in Hong Kong. Today it has offices in India, Russia, mainland China, the United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica.

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