NEWS CONFERENCE: Senator Ron Wyden, Oregon Department of Agriculture Director Katy Coba, and Representatives of the Oregon Agriculture Industry

Growing Asian Markets are Ripe to Buy More of Oregon-Grown Fruit, Vegetables and Other Agriculture Products

WHO:             Senator Ron Wyden

                     Katy Coba, director, Oregon Department of Agriculture  

                     Joe Petersen, CEO, Oregon Fruit Products, Inc., Salem

                     Ed King, owner King Estate Vineyards. Eugene

                     Blake Rowe, executive director, Oregon Wheat Commission

                     Jeff Stone, director, Oregon Association of Nurseries

WHAT:           News conference on Increasing Oregon Agriculture Exports to Asia

WHEN:           10 a.m., Monday, April 30, 2012   

WHERE:         Oregon State University Food Innovation Center

                    1207 NW Naito Parkway


Portland, ORAs it begins consideration of a Farm Bill, Congress has the opportunity to increase the use of locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables in schools. At the same time, Oregon is looking to increase agricultural exports of fruit, vegetables, wheat, wine, beer and other products.

Oregon Agriculture Director Katy Coba, who is just back from South Korea, will join Oregon Senator Ron Wyden and representatives of the state’s agriculture industry in a news conference followed by a roundtable discussion on the future of exports to Asia and barriers to increasing trade with Asian-Pacific nations.