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Va. ag, forestry exports hit record $2.85b in 2013

Thursday - 3/6/2014, 1:30pm  ET

Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virginia farm and forestry exports reached a record $2.85 billion last year, with soybeans leading the way and China the prime destination.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe released the export numbers Thursday as the Governor's Conference on Agricultural Trade got underway in Richmond. The value of 2013 exports is up more than 8 percent from the previous year, also a record.

McAuliffe said his administration will strive to make Virginia "the East Coast capital" for agricultural and forestry exports, which have grown by 27 percent since 2010 when the state launched a strategic plan to grow its farm exports.

McAuliffe said his plan includes helping agribusiness expand operations, attracting new agribusiness to Virginia and broadening the state's global export reach.

The conference ends Friday.

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