Gary Bell thought his family's farm was too small to think about exports and international markets. That is, until the International Agribusiness Conference in Savannah.
"I thought it was insurmountable to do it. But listening to these guys, local guys - Mascot Pecan, Claxton Poultry. You find yourself a good broker. They do all the work and you just supply the product," he said.
The conference, hosted by Georgia Southern University and the University of Georgia's College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, focused on ways Georgia farmers and producers can identify and develop international buyers. Georgia's agriculture commissioner told the audience countries are lining up for Georgia products.
"They want safe and reliable food and more," said Dr. Gary Black. "As small as the globe is now, you can develop relationships with buyers all over the world."
The conference included exhibits from Georgia companies as well as commissions for a number of Georgia's crops.