The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Cochran Fellowship program sponsored a Georgian delegation to visit the states of Oregon, Washington, and Alaska from September 17-30. Six fellows who work in the seafood and food import sector were selected in a competitive process from across Georgia. The participants of the program learned about U.S. seafood production, marketing, and food safety. They met with different representatives of the U.S. sector, such as primary producers, processors, logistics companies and exporters.
This program aimed to strengthen the fellows’ potential for engagement in international commerce, introduce participants to the American fish industry, and establish connections between American producers and Georgian customers.
About 250 senior and mid-level agricultural officials, farmers, managers, and administrators involved in agricultural trade, agribusiness management, and marketing from both the private and public sectors have received training through the USDA Cochran Fellowship program in Georgia since it began operating there in 1993.