Perdue AgriBusiness has been presented with 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, Md., 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.

"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," said Frazier.

"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."