Conference to Help Local Agriculture Companies Grow Their Businesses

News Release


Oct 27

Conference to Help Local Agriculture Companies Grow Their Businesses

PALM SPRINGS – Helping local agriculture companies find new markets and grow their businesses through international trade is the focus of next week’s “Exporting Agriculture” Southern California International Trade Summit.

The summit, presented by the Riverside County Economic Development Agency’s Office of Foreign Trade, will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at the Hilton Palm Springs, 400 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way.

The summit is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are required at The event is geared to growers, businesses in the food processing and packaging industries, international marketers of food products, and agencies that provide services to the agriculture industry.

“This event will assist local companies in doing business internationally and also cover vital, timely topics affecting agriculture,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “We are fortunate to bring together high caliber speakers who will share perspectives from the federal, state and regional levels about programs and opportunities that will create jobs and encourage investment in the United States.”

The summit will also address the California drought; disaster assistance; changes in the Agriculture Act of 2014, also known as the farm bill; farm loans; and other farm agency programs.

Featured speakers include: Phil Karsting, administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service; Andy Anderson, executive director of the Western United States Agricultural Trade Association; and Dr. Glenda Humiston, vice president of University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

The U.S. Commercial Service, the U.S. Small Business Administration, California Centers for International Trade Development and the City of Palm Springs partnered with Riverside County to host this summit. Riverside County hosted a similar event in Indio on Nov. 6, 2013.

Morning coffee and a lunch are provided, free of charge, to attendees. For more information or to register, visit

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