The World Trade Center Arkansas is joining forces with several state, national and international trade organizations in May to showcase the strength and resiliency of Arkansas exports as part of World Trade Month.

Arkansas exports remained strong in 2019, accounting for $6.2 billion in trade while supporting over one-fourth of the state’s workforce, according to a newly released report compiled by the World Trade Center Arkansas.

Arkansas farmers play a vital role, exporting approximately $3 billion in agriculture and agrifood every year. In 2019, Arkansas remained the nation’s top rice producer, but was also the second-largest poultry producer in the U.S. and the fifth-largest cotton exporter.

Nearly 80 percent of exporters in Arkansas were small businesses. Over the last few years, Arkansas trade-related jobs have grown six times faster than total employment, paid up to 18 percent more than similar jobs at non-exporting firms and were shown to be more secure.

The following events will be held virtually and require registration:

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