Governor McAuliffe announced earlier this week a new trade deal to sell more Virginia lumber in Mexico. It is part of a mission to establish and nourish international trading partners.
It is a volatile global market, that last year, saw a drop in agricultural and forestry trade, but Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Basil Gooden says it is coming back.
“For the first three months of this year, and it looks like a fourth month in a row, our numbers are up in almost every category.”
That includes lumber, and a new deal to sell poplar, red and white oak from sawmills in Buena Vista announced this week. Gooden will accompany the Governor and other state officials on a trade mission to Europe in June, and he plans to visit India in July.
Agriculture and forestry exports were 2.78 billion in 2016, and that was an off year.