|This week, USRPA participated in the U.S. Agricultural Export Development Council (USAEDC) Annual Workshop in Baltimore, MD, celebrating 40 years of partnership with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). The three-day workshop focused on the national political outlook, Farm Bill update, export program funding, member campaigns in foreign markets, sustainability, and climate-smart issues, among other topics. It was also a great opportunity to meet with USRPA’s Marketing Specialist, Curtis McCoy, as well as network with a variety of agriculture industry members.
Breakout sessions gave the attendees a more intimate setting to discuss specific topics. The sessions offered focused on tackling trade barriers, enhancing outreach to buyers, program application updates, marketing strategies, contracting and travel tips for export programs, and the "secret sauce" for international success.
During the workshop, the USAEDC Board of Directors met to vote and elect Greg Tyler, President and CEO of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council as USAEDC's new Chairman. He previously served as the organization’s Secretary/Treasurer and will serve as the organization’s Chair for the next two years. Other newly elected officers include Karen Horan of the National Confectioners Association, Vice Chair, and Jeff Correa of Pear Bureau Northwest, Secretary/Treasurer. Previous Chair Jim Sutter, CEO of the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC), will rotate to the Immediate Past Chair position on the Executive Committee.