VDACS holding beef export seminar next month
ROANOKE, Va. — Virginia beef producers and processors have an opportunity Nov. 6 to learn what they have to do to export beef to several other countries. The event is part of an effort by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to educate the industry about export opportunities and how it is done.
The agency is also trying, through this effort, to determine the level of interest in Virginia for exporting beef.
The VDACS offices of International Marketing and Livestock Marketing will be hosting a Beef Export and Verification and Opportunities Seminar at the Roanoke Higher Education Center, 108 N. Jefferson Street, Roanoke from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Caitlin Clark, VDACS International Marketing specialist, said the seminar is intended to provide an overview of trends in the countries represented, what consumers are eating there, and other countries from which they import beef.
Another important part of the seminar will be to advise both farmers and meat processors of what they need to do to be certified to enter the export business.
She said registration to the meeting is still open and reservations are being taken prior to the meeting.
Clark reported that the seminar will feature VDACS trade representatives to China, Southeast Asia and Latin America. They are expected to address such topics involving consumers, popular products, distribution, competition and current tariff situations. The U.S. Meat Export Federation sees these regions as growth areas for exports from the United States.
In advertising the seminar, she said Scott Mueller will provide a presentation on beef export verification for producers and processors for each market. Muller is owner of Samson, Inc., the Samson Process Verified Program. This is a USDA approved program that verifies production activities for value-added markets.
She explained that he works as a consultant to those needing this kind of information.
The seminar is designed to help both producers and processors in their understanding of the opportunities for their products in major international markets.
It will also explain international marketing services and resources available to the beef industry.
Upcoming opportunities and activities to promote and sell the industry’s products will be outlined.
The seminar will also explain requirements for producer/processor verification and imports.
Those needing information may contact Clark at 540-461-1246 or Caitlen.Clark@vdacs.virginia.gov.
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