Participants will also have a chance to meet with international trade representatives. Georgia Farm Bureau has announced that they will be one of the main sponsors of this year’s event.

“As the global economy continues to grow, Georgia producers are poised to take advantage of increasing demand for food and fiber products,” said Kent Wolfe, director of the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Georgia can export poultry and cotton cheaper than Brazil, providing us a competitive advantage in shipping exports to Europe and China.”

Savannah leads the nation in exporting poultry, the state’s most valuable commodity, according to the 2011 Georgia Farm Gate Value Report.

“The forest products industry is a major economic engine for Georgia. It contributes nearly $25 billion in economic activity within the state and is responsible for over $13 billion in exports,” said Dr. Alexander Koukoulas, President and CEO of the Georgia Southern University Herty Advanced Materials Development Center in Savannah.

In 2012 Georgia exported $37.9 billion worth of goods. The state is the top exporter of U.S. poultry, pecans and wood pulp. Peanut exports are on the rise. About 39 percent of the shipments exported through the Port of Savannah are agricultural products.

Early registration for the inaugural conference is $170 and ends July 30. For more information, go to www.iace.us.com.