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Perdue AgriBusiness recognized as Virginia Agribusiness of the Year

AgriBusiness Award
Pictured from left to right are Dick Willey, president of Perdue AgriBusiness; Katie Frazier, president of the Virginia Agribusiness Council; John Cassidy, International vice president at Perdue Agribusiness; and the Honorable Todd Haymore, Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry.

Salisbury, Md. (Monday, March 10, 2014) - Perdue AgriBusiness, LLC has been awarded the Virginia Agribusiness Council’s 2014 Agribusiness of the Year Award.  Council President Katie Frazier presented the award during the Governor’s Conference on Agricultural Trade, at the Downtown Richmond Marriott hotel.

The company was awarded the Agribusiness of the Year recognition, presented annually to a Council member organization for outstanding service to the agribusiness industry and the Council. As an industry leader in the grain and soybean business, Perdue AgriBusiness, which is headquartered in Salisbury, Maryland, has steadily grown from a few small grain-receiving facilities to a recognized leader in global exporting and marketing. The company maintains grain receiving and storage facilities throughout the Commonwealth, and with its deepwater port in Chesapeake, Perdue ships grain products from Virginia all across the globe.

According to Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore, 2013 was a record-breaking year for Virginia’s agricultural exports, and Perdue has been a leader in the growth the industry has experienced recently. He said, “Perdue AgriBusiness, through its network of first-class producers and storage facilities in Virginia, has long been a recognized leader in grain and soybean production in the Commonwealth.  Now, the company is developing a global reputation as a key supplier of these valuable commodities.  Indeed, with increased exports to the Far East, Europe, Northern Africa, and Latin America from its outstanding export facility in Chesapeake, Perdue has been a key player over the last few years in helping elevate the Commonwealth’s position in the global marketplace as a top agricultural producer.”

As an active and effective agribusiness industry supporter throughout the years, Perdue AgriBusiness is a long-time member and outstanding supporter of the Virginia AgriBusiness Council, through leadership involvement in the Council’s Board of Directors, sponsorships, and active participation at industry events and activities.

Council President Katie Frazier commented, “Perdue AgriBusiness has consistently demonstrated their commitment to the growth and success of Virginia’s agribusiness industry and has risen to become a leader of the Year in the Commonwealth’s number one industry of agriculture and forestry. We are pleased to recognize Perdue AgriBusiness for their long-standing contributions to both the Council and Virginia agribusinesses, and look forward to a bright future for the company and their industry partners.”

“Receiving this prestigious award is a tribute to not only our International team, but also the Domestic Grain, Soy, Transportation and Operations teams," said Dick Willey, president of Perdue AgriBusiness. "Together, these groups have worked diligently over the past several years to expand our export business.  They originate grain, produce high quality soy products, and transport and handle those products efficiently.  They gave us access to world customers and have grown the business in Virginia.”

About The Virginia Agribusiness Council
The Virginia Agribusiness Council is a non-profit organization committed to representing the interests of the agriculture and forestry industries in the Commonwealth through effective governmental relations efforts and initiatives. Its membership includes farmers, foresters, and other agricultural producers; industry suppliers; marketers and processors; and commodity and industry associations. It is headquartered in Richmond. For more information, please visit www.va-agribusiness.org.

About Perdue AgriBusiness
Perdue AgriBusiness is ranked among the largest grain companies in the United States and is a leading merchandiser, processor and exporter of agricultural products. Through our 70 elevator locations with more than 75 million bushels of storage, three protein blend mills, four oilseed crushing operations and an edible oil refinery, Perdue AgriBusiness serves markets across the United States and around the world. We help our customers prosper with flexible, forward-thinking solutions for agriculturally based products. Learn more about Perdue AgriBusiness at www.perdueagribusiness.com


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