Exporting Specialty Crops and the CITD
Fresno Center for Int'l Trade Development
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 D. Ohlson
Sacramento Center for Int'l Trade Development
Honorary Consul General for Bulgaria
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)
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
Deputy Secretary of Trade Development
of Food and Agriculture (CDFA)
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 V. Oliva
Founder and Principal
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 W. Monning
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.