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The Center for Agricultural Trade

Low angle view of soybean in field
May 2023 >> In its World Agricultural Supply & Demand Estimates report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture analysts forecast record global soybean production for the 2023/24 crop year at nearly 410.6 million tons, up almost 11% from last year. Click on image for the interview with Jason Grant, W.G. Wysor Professor of Agriculture and Director of the Center for Agricultural Trade, and report.


Keeping the United States and Virginia agriculture competitive in a diverse global economy by producing model-based forecasts and policy projections.

EDUCATION WITH PURPOSE: Develop the skills of our future leaders and professionals through continuing education to understand, operate, manage, and lead a diverse global agricultural industry.

OUTREACH AND EXTENSION WITH VALUE: Increase the competitiveness of private and public sector agribusiness stakeholders in the U.S. and mid-Atlantic regions by providing in-depth agricultural trade and policy information and analysis.

RESEARCH WITH IMPACT: Facilitate a collaborative environment for research programs supporting agricultural trade. These programs are designed to generate analytical and relevant policy results to be utilized in global commercial markets and policy arenas.


  • Expert faculty 
  • Keynote lectures 
  • Networking
  • Annual Governor’s Conference on Agricultural Trade to discuss emerging trade issues with state and federal officials and industry stakeholders
  • Collaborative research with the U.S. Department of Agriculture
Agricultural Trade Center one page overview.pdf


Jason Grant
Program Director

Jennifer Shelton
Events and Program Coordinator