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EXPORTS OF PENNSYLVANIA AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS UP 15 PERCENT

 HARRISBURG, Pa., July 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Agricultural exports from Pennsylvania reached a new record of more than $400 million in 1992, an increase of 15 percent over the previous year, according to state Agriculture Secretary Boyd E. Wolff.
 "Exports of agricultural products from the Keystone State have more than doubled since 1987," Wolff said, "and that provides statistical proof that our market development efforts are paying off for Pennsylvania producers and processors.
 "The Department of Agriculture's participation in international food shows has helped a growing list of Pennsylvania companies generate new interest in their products," Wolff said.
 According to figures released by the Pennsylvania State Data Center, Pennsylvania agricultural exports totalled $400,571,495 in 1992. The export figure includes all crops, livestock, food and tobacco. It does not include forestry and wood products, which also set a new record of $367,090,934, an increase of more than 23 percent over 1991.
 In the past year, the Department of Agriculture's Division of Domestic and International Trade has participated in trade shows along with more than 100 Pennsylvania companies, attending shows in Korea, Hong Kong, France, Germany, Saudi Arabia and the USA. In addition, the department sponsored special trade missions to Thailand and to the United Arab Emirates.
 Wolff and staff members from the department's Bureau of Market Development represented 17 Pennsylvania food companies in a special PENNSYLVANIA USA pavilion during the giant U.S. Food Export Showcase May 9-12 in Chicago. That show was held in conjunction with the 1993 Supermarket Industry Convention sponsored by the Food Marketing Institute.
 "Those companies have discovered that our initial contacts during the Chicago show have translated into requests for product sample shipments to foreign lands," Wolff said.
 "Our diverse food processing industry has established an international reputation for quality, and that reputation has carved out a worldwide market niche."
 A recent survey of companies that participate in trade shows with the Department of Agriculture reveals that 63 percent of those companies have generated overseas sales because of the department's export enhancement efforts.
 For more information on exporting Pennsylvania agricultural products, contact the department's Division of Domestic and International Trade at 717-783-3181.
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 /CONTACT: Gene Schenck, 717-787-5085, or Bill Lelik, 717-783-2628, both of the Department of Agriculture/


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