- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 8, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe says Virginia remains the second-largest exporter of agricultural goods on the East Coast.

The governor says agricultural exports, which include forestry products, declined by 4.7 percent to $3.19 billion in 2015. The previous year’s $3.35 billion was an all-time high.

McAuliffe says that despite the decline, Virginia is still solidly in second place in the East behind Georgia, which saw a 15 percent decrease in 2015.

According to the governor, exports across the country were affected by depressed commodity prices, decreased shipments to some regions due to high shipping costs, and new trade bans.

McAuliffe made the remarks Monday at the annual Governor’s Conference on Agricultural Trade in Richmond.

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