Vermont to host USDA chief and foreign agriculture officials

first_imgThis week, Vermont will host the Foreign Agricultural Attaches and USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan for a tour of the diverse agriculture operations in Vermont. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced a tour that will take foreign agricultural officials representing 23 countries to Vermont September 2 – 4, 2009, as part of an annual orientation tour sponsored by USDA s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).  Each year, these tours help showcase U.S. farm and food products from one area of the country, said FAS Administrator Michael Michener.  Foreign officials will get a first-hand look at the quality and variety of products from New Hampshire and Vermont the best these states have to offer.According to the latest data available, the region’s agricultural exports reached $488 million in 2007, accounting for almost 19 percent of New England s farm economy.  These agricultural exports help boost farm prices and income, while supporting more than 5,000 jobs both on and off the farm in food processing, transportation, and manufacturing.WHEN: September 2, 2009 5:30 p.m.WHERE: The Essex, Vermont s Culinary Resort and Spa70 Essex WayEssex Junction, VTlast_img read more