The Nebraska Department of Agriculture is sponsoring a seminar to inform small- and medium-sized Midwestern and Northeastern food and agricultural companies about how to off-set overseas marketing expenses.

The free seminar, entitled "Learn How to Reduce Your International Marketing Costs," will be held Aug. 21, from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the Holiday Inn--Midtown, 2503 South Locust Street in Grand Island.

Participants will learn about the Branded Program, a cost-share program that reimburses 50% of approved promotional expenses, such as tradeshow fees, brochures, and advertising. Participants will learn how the program works, what are eligible expenses, how to fill out the application, and how to submit reimbursements.

"The information shared at this seminar will be especially beneficial to individuals who are just beginning or are looking to expand product sales to foreign markets," said Stan Garbacz, International Trade Officer with NDA.

The seminar is sponsored by NDA, the Mid-America International Agri-Trade Council and by Food Export USA--Northeast.

Interested individuals need to pre register to attend this event. For more details, please contact Neil Donovan with the Nebraska Department of Agriculture at 402-471-2341 or

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