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Israeli Embassy International Ag Trade Expert to Visit Ohio State University

January 2, 2008

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- An Israeli expert on international agriculture trade and polices will visit Ohio State University on Jan. 8.

Yakov Poleg, minister for agriculture and science affairs with the U.S. Israeli Embassy, will present a seminar, "Agricultural Policy in the Framework of International Trade Guidelines," at 11 a.m. in Agricultural Administration Room 105, 2120 Fyffe Road, on the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences campus in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State University Extension and the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics is sponsoring the lecture.

Poleg's visit is sponsored by the Cleveland-based Ohio-Israel Agricultural Initiative of The Negev Foundation. The initiative seeks to foster greater collaboration between Ohio and Israeli government and research institutions, farmers, and companies; develop joint research and development and educational activities; identify agribusiness ventures based on new technologies; introduce potential investors; and expand commercial ties and market access in both regions.

Poleg's visit to Ohio is part of a one-year program with OSU Extension and The Negev Foundation, designed to exchange information and training among Israeli experts and university faculty, staff and students.

Poleg assumed his position at the U.S. Israeli Embassy in 2006, following six years of service as director of international trade at the Foreign Trade Department at Israel's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Poleg is at the forefront of Israel's agricultural trade negotiations and international cooperation initiatives, focusing on critical World Trade Organization issues, European Union bilateral forums and other agricultural trade and legal matters.

For more information on Poleg's visit or with the Ohio-Israel Agricultural Initiative, contact Sarah Horowitz with The Negev Foundation at (216) 691-9997 or

Candace Pollock
Sarah Horowitz