Ohio Department of Agriculture reinstates their Trade and Export Program

The Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture says it is reinstating the Agricultural Trade and Export Program to strengthen relationships with agencies across the state.

Brian Baldridge says the program helps expand Ohio’s international trade opportunities and benefits farmers.

“As far as making sure that we’re lifting up our commodity groups, our stakeholders, our producers to give them every opportunity to market that product,” he says. “As we look at Ohio having more than 200 different crops and livestock.”

He tells Brownfield the program is good for all of Ohio ag.

“It’s just strengthening those partnerships as far as being supportive with those commodity groups and also to just bring more of a priority focus as I work with my colleagues with other state agencies, but that collaboration,” he says.

The Agricultural Trade and Export Program was transferred to the Ohio Department of Development in 2011 before being brought back to the Ohio Department of Agriculture in 2024.

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