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Exporting Specialty Crops and the CITD

Candy Hansen GageCandy Hansen-Gage
Director

Fresno Center for Int'l Trade Development

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Mrs Hansen Gage will discuss how the California Agricultural Export Training Program or "CalAgX" benefits the producers, processors and marketers of California grown or processed specialty crops.  This successful program is starting its 5th consecutive year and is offered statewide.  Also to be discussed are current agricultural trends, emerging markets, and export services available through the California Centers for International Trade Development.

Brooks OhlsonBrooks D. Ohlson
Director

Sacramento Center for Int'l Trade Development
Honorary Consul General for Bulgaria


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California's diversity Central Valley agricultural export sectors are adapting their fruit and nut processing to
meet the demands of foreign born and foreign based consumers.  Creative export packaging, market sampling and enhanced export marketing can define and identify new sales opportunities in foreign markets.

SBA, through Its USEAC Network, Assisting Export Businesses Access Working Capital

Jerry R. Avila
Regional Manager, SBA Export Express Loan Guarantee Program

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)


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Jerry Avila will review SBA’s Office of International Trade role and activities in assisting agriculture small businesses to engage and/or expand their export business activities.  He will review specific export transactions with SBA’s guarantee support to more clearly illustrate how SBA’ EWCP and Export Express can help promote U.S. exports.

Global Profile of California Ag Trade

Robert Tse pictureRobert Tse
Deputy Secretary of Trade Development

California Department of Food and Agriculture
(CDFA)

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Robert Tse will provide a comprehensive review of California ag exports with a hint of the future derived from USDA's 2010 forecast.

Navigating Asia-Pacific and European Policy Changes in Food and Ag Trade

Paul OlivaPaul V. Oliva
Founder and Principal

OlivaGlobal Communications

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Agricultural and food products are getting caught in a "spaghetti bowl" tangle of bilateral trade agreements in Asia-Pacific. Asia-Pac officials are now discussing further rules on food safety, food security, and public health. Meanwhile, Europe is embarking on a grand experiment with paper-free import and export shipments. The rules are changing. What should you know? Will these changes affect your business, and how will you communicate with your customers? Do you have problems you've already experienced with rules changes? Should you tell U.S. trade officials? Paul Oliva has been navigating the changing world of policy issues and will offer provocative insights and interaction regarding policy impacts on your international business.


California's Economic Revival Is Dependent on International Trade
Expansion and Promotion

William Monning
Assemblymember
William W. Monning
27th District
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California’s budget crisis continues to unfold as we face a $20 billion projected deficit through the 2010-11 budget year.  This projected deficit comes on top of a $41 billion budget gap last year and a combined $60 billion deficit over the past 18 months. There is not a single program from education to public safety, healthcare, and small business loan protection that has not been impacted.  It is precisely because of the recession and global economic crisis that Assemblymember Bill Monning is a supporter of expanding California’s trade promotion and opportunities. 

As the former Director of the International Trade and Commercial Diplomacy Master’s Degree program at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, Assemblymember Monning is well aware of the critical role of international trade to our state and nation’s economy.   In the Central Coast region, agriculture, tourism, and education represent the three biggest employers. Each of these economic drivers is positioned to gain from a more focused campaign to promote California products abroad.  


Seminar: 10:00 am-Noon
Luncheon: Noon-1:30 pm

SEMINAR AGENDA

10:00am - 10:15am - Opening Remarks

Tony Livoti
President
Monterey Bay International Trade Association (MBITA)

10:15am - 10:45am
Exporting Specialty Crops and the CITD
Candy Hansen-Gage

Director
Fresno Center for Int'l Trade Development (CITD)
Brooks D. Ohlson
Director
Sacramento Center for Int'l Trade Development
Honorary Consul General for Bulgaria


10:45am - 11:00am
SBA, through Its USEAC Network, Assisting Export Businesses Access Working Capital
Jerry R. Avila

Regional Manager
SBA Export Express Loan Guarantee Program
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

11:00am - 11:30am
Global Profile of California Ag Trade
Robert Tse

Deputy Secretary of Trade Development
California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA)

11:30am - 11:45am - Q & A

11:45am - Break


LUNCHEON AGENDA


Noon lunch

12:15pm - 12:45pm
Navigating Asia-Pacific and European Policy Changes in Food and Ag Trade
Paul V. Oliva
Founder and Principal
OlivaGlobal Communications

12:45pm - 1:15pm
Keynote Speech

California's Economic Revival Is Dependent on International Trade Expansion and Promotion
Assemblymember
William W. Monning

Field Representative
27th District

1:15pm - 1:30pm - Q & A


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