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Adding Value to Ag Products is Conference Theme

PULLMAN, Wash. — A closer partnership between businesses and scientists to add value to agricultural exports is the goal of a 15-state conference in Portland, Monday, Feb. 9.

Topics that will be addressed by business executives, government officers and university scientists include:

  • Meeting rising food safety standards.
  • What do foreign markets want in value-added agricultural products?
  • What does industry want from scientists?
  • How can science and business work together more effectively in enhancing value-added exports?
  • Challenges of packaging for export.

The conference is sponsored by Washington State University’s IMPACT Center, Oregon State University’s Food Innovation Center, Portland State University’s Food Industry Management Program and the Western Coordinating Committee on Adding Value to Western U.S. Agricultural Exports.

Meetings will be in the Doubletree Hotel at Portland’s Lloyd Center. They will start at 8 a.m. Registration will cost $125. For additional details, contact Sandy Staehlin, Food Science and Technology, Corvallis, OR, phone (541) 737-3463.

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