News Release
California Department of Food and Agriculture
Media Contacts:
Steve Lyle, CDFA Public Affairs (916) 654-0462 or slyle@cdfa.ca.gov
FEDERAL FUNDING AVAILABLE TO ASSIST SMALL BUSINESS FOOD EXPORTERS
CDFA
Release #09-045
Program seminars in Salinas, Sacramento and Los Angeles
SACRAMENTO, July 7, 2009 – Exporters of U.S. food products can take advantage of available federal funding to help expand international promotion and marketing of agricultural products. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Market Access Program provides cost share assistance to nonprofit trade organizations and small business to create, expand and maintain foreign markets for U.S. agricultural products.

The Western United State Agricultural Trade Association (WUSATA) in cooperation with the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the California Centers for International Trade Development are hosting three statewide seminars to provided further information on the program.

Seminars will be held at the following locations from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.:

July 21, 2009 – Salinas
Monterey County Farm Bureau
931 Blanco Circle
Salinas, CA 93901

July 22, 2009 – Sacramento
Los Rios Community College District
1919 Spanos Court – Board Room
Sacramento, CA 95825

July 23, 2009 – Los Angeles
Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Airport
5985 Century Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045

To register for the program, please contact WUSATA at (360) 693-3373 or visit www.wusata.org. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. A registration fee of $50 per participant covers cost of materials and program.

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1220 N St., Ste. 214, Sacramento, CA 95814
916-654-0462, www.cdfa.ca.gov