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Presented by

The United States-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce, USAID/Azerbaijan,

OK Department of Commerce & OK Department of Agriculture 


Azerbaijan         AGRICULTURE FORUM

Nov 6
Nov 7
Welcoming breakfast with Ms. Blayne Arthur, Secretary of Agriculture, Oklahoma and Mr. Inam Karimov, Minister of Agriculture, Azerbaijan
Welcoming meeting with Oklahoma City Mayor, David Holt
Tour to the Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
Tour to the Reproduction Enterprises, Inc., Stillwater, OK
Signing ceremony for the partnership document between Oklahoma State University and Azerbaijan State Agrarian University, Stillwater, OK
Signing ceremony for the Gadabay (Azerbaijan)-Stillwater (Oklahoma) sister-city cooperation document, Stillwater, OK
Tour to Oklahoma National Stockyards, Oklahoma City, OK
Tour to the Murphy Products
Tour to cattle operations & pasture lands, Payne Cattle Company, Mustang, OK
Tour to agritourism operation – Growing Paynes Garden, Mustang, OK
Reception hosted by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, the Oklahoma Historic Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Nov 8
Breakfast & Registration
Breakfast venue: Continental Room
Mr. Reza Vaziri, Chairman, USACC Board of Directors
Mr. Alex Sokolowski, Deputy Assistant Administrator USAID,
Bureau for Europe and Eurasia
H.E. John Kevin Stitt (confirmed)
Oklahoma Governor
Hon. Markwayne Mullin (confirmed)
Congressman, Oklahoma Second Congressional District 
H.E. Inam Karimov (confirmed)
Minister of Agriculture, Republic of Azerbaijan 
H.E. Elin Suleymanov (confirmed)
Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the United States 
Session I. Prospects for Bilateral Trade, Investments and Collaboration between the United States and Azerbaijan
Mr. Benjamin Todd, Principal, Business Development - North America - European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Mr. Nuran Karimov, President, AmCham Azerbaijan
Dr. Harry Bader , Deputy Executive Director, the U.S. Global Development Lab, USAID
Ms. Jennifer Springer, Director, International Trade & Foreign Investment, OK Department of Commerce
Moderator: Mr. Tamerlan Vahabov, Businessman, Azerbaijan Public Television host
Coffee Break
Session II. Education & Vocational Training in Agriculture: Knowledge Empowerment as an Effective Tool in Shaping the Future
Dr. Ramin Mammadov, Vice-Rector, Azerbaijan State Agrarian University
Dr. Randy Taylor, State Program Leader of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Community Economic Development, OSU
Mr. Bill Lingren, CEO, Trécé Inc 
Ms. Afag Rizayeva, Bioecology department, Baku State University, Ph.D. student at University of Wisconsin-Madison
Moderator: Mr. Vugar Sadig, Kapital Bank Azerbaijan, International Relations Adviser to Chairman
Continental Room, Skirvin Hilton Hotel
Session III. Modern technologies and innovations in livestock production, processing, and management
Dr. Parviz Hajiyev, Deputy CEO, Azerbaijan Organic Company
Mr. Les K. Hutchens, Owner & CEO, Reproduction Enterprises, Inc.
Mr. Robert Pawelek, Field Manager, Bureau of Land Management
Mr. Brad Morgan, Senior Director of Protein, Performance Food Group
Moderator: Dr. Joe Schatzer, Department Head, Oklahoma State University, Agriculture Economics
Coffee Break
Session IV: Laboratories and Animal Identification and Registration System (AIRS) and their role in ensuring animal health
Mr. Jeyhun Aliyev, Azerbaijan Food Safety Agency
Dr. Rod Hall, Oklahoma State Veterinarian
Ms. Kelli Payne, General Manager, Oklahoma National Stockyards
Ms. Rosslyn Biggs, Beef Cattle Extension Specialist, Director of Continuing Education, OSU
Moderator: Mr. Devlon Ford, Research Associate, Noble Research Institute
Venetian Room, Skirvin Hilton Hotel

Last updated on 10.24.2019


Trade Mission is headed by the Ministry of Agriculture

Facilitate B2B and P2P, farmer-to-farmer connections between the two countries that would lead to knowledge and technology transfer, productivity increase, as well as the development of soft and technical skills among farmers;


Share information on incentives available under State Programs being administered by the Ministry of Agriculture, including Government subsidies for ag equipment purchases, long-term and short-term loan guarantees for capital equipment purchases (similar to SBA and EXIM products);


Explore and identify avenues for cooperation with US companies, including business partnerships and public-private partnerships (PPP’s).


URL: http://agro.gov.az/en



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The Company is known for producing, marketing and sale of environmentally friendly products, namely bio/organic products, including honey, licorice roots, and saffron. In addition, the company uses poultry waste as the main ingredient in the production of bio-fertilizers;


Areas of Interest: Identify specialty food importers and distributors, and explore the export potential of food products produced by the company.

URL: http://az-organic.az/


Azerbaijan State Agrarian University (ADAU) is a public university located in Ganja, Azerbaijan. The university has eight schools, 3830 students and 560 faculty members;


Areas of Interest: Explore opportunities for cooperation with U.S. academic and research institutions, Ag Extension programs, as well as businesses offering industry-specific and vendor-driven problem solutions in agriculture.


URL: http://adau.edu.az/


Azer Sheker, LLC is a sugar factory, a part of the PMD Group of Companies;


Areas of Interest: Establish contacts with US companies involved in sugar beet harvesting, processing, storing and packaging.



Azersun Holding MMC is an Azerbaijani conglomerate that operates in the food production, retail, and farming sectors primarily in Azerbaijan but also in other CIS countries and the Middle East. Azersun is the largest food producer and exporter in Azerbaijan (with 28 food brands produced) and also engages in the trade of paper and packaging;


Areas of Interest: Establish cooperation with US companies offering animal health products, supplements, meat imports, as well as food ingredients and additives.

URL: https://www.azersun.com/


AZPROMO (Azerbaijan Export and Investment Promotion Foundation)

The Azerbaijan Export and Investment Promotion Foundation (AzPROMO) formed by the Ministry of Economy in 2003, it operates to attract foreign direct investments to non-oil sectors and promote the export of non-oil products;


Areas of Interest: Explore opportunities for exports of Azerbaijani products under the brand name “Made in Azerbaijan” to markets of North America; Discuss potential investment projects open for US investors in Azerbaijan; Explore potential for joint ventures, business alliances and co-investment projects open for Azerbaijani investors in both countries (especially through the use of Azeri origin products and services).


URL: http://www.azpromo.az/



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Expert Agro Services LLC caters to the needs of smallholder farmers and agribusinesses both in Azerbaijan and Georgia. It is involved in the marketing and sale of seeds and fertilizers through nine sales centers throughout the country. The company acts as the official distributor of Japan, UK, Dutch, Georgian and Turkish companies (Polen (corn, alfalfa, ryegrass), Yüksəl Tohum, Profito Fidancılık, Meijere, Cartlis;


Areas of Interest: Visit with and explore opportunities of cooperation with US companies specializing in feed supplements and nutritional enhancers, animal traceability solutions, as well as solution providers for growing and permanent/temporary storage needs.


URL: http://expertagroservices.az


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Gunashli-Agro LLC is an agriculture business park located in Jalilabad region of Azerbaijan. The company administers 563-hectare barley, 530-hectare sugar beet, 219-hectare wheat, 160-hectare cotton, 68-hectare maize, and 60-hectare clover plantations. The Agropark occupies a total area of 1,600 hectares. State-of-the-art pivot irrigation systems were installed in an area of 1,200 hectares. In addition, the complex features two cattle farms and milking systems. It has maize reaping machines, mowers, oil tankers, 40 electronic and 20 mechanical milking machines, three Belarus tractors, three ploughs, and other equipment;


Areas of Interest: Learn about US products and services that might be suitable for the current and future needs of the company.


The bank was established in 2000 as a result of the merging of three major state banks in Azerbaijan: Agro-Investment Bank, Industrial-Investment Bank, and Savings Bank. It was renamed Kapital Bank on December 29, 2004. Being a successor of Savings Bank, its history dates back to 1874, when the first branch of the Saving Bank opened in Baku. It operates through 100 branches and serves more than 22,000 legal entities and 3 million individuals;


Areas of Interest: Exchange of knowledge and information with U.S. colleagues from finance sector with particular focus on the development and delivery of financial products for the agricultural sector, including risk management, mutually beneficial collaboration with U.S. financial institutions, as well as U.S. importers and exporters interested in doing business with clients of Kapital Bank.

URL: https://kapitalbank.az/ 


In 2017, Mabat LLC was established by Mr. Vagif Taghiyev in Kurdamir to introduce superior varieties of pomegranates to domestic and international fresh markets. The company is seeking to further this mission through the recent establishment of a cooperative together with other agribusinesses operating in neighboring regions and villages;


Areas of interest: Learning about innovative and efficient technology, modernization, and cooperative management.


The Pomegranate Producers and Exporters Association of Azerbaijan is a non-profit organization that exists to promote the pomegranate fruit and its variety of uses. The Association’s activities range from consumer-awareness programs, including promotion of pomegranates and pomegranate products to the trade community, developing and distributing tools for use by pomegranate producers;


Areas of Interest: Learning about the export potential of fresh pomegranates to U.S. markets, encouraging US food and beverage developers to consider joint food production for Azerbaijani marketplace and export markets.

URL: https://www.pomegranate.az/en


SABA JSC is one of Azerbaijan’s major agribusiness and food processing companies. It has been engaged in the meat and poultry, dairy, as well as animal feed production business in Azerbaijan since 1997;


Areas of Interest: Exploring new products, identifying new business prospects.


URL: http://www.saba.az/


Established in 2010, TRITON CONSULTING LLC is an Azerbaijan-based Project Consulting Company focused on providing professional services for large volume industrial projects in CIS Region.

Triton’s operational expertise and deep knowledge of business in this Region makes the company a perfect match as a solution partner.

Triton helps clients make significant and lasting improvements to their performance and achieve their most important goals. With nearly ten years of experience, Triton has built a company uniquely equipped for this task.

URL: http://tritonconsulting.com/ 


Yalama Agropark is an agricultural business park located in the Khachmaz district of Azerbaijan. The company’s 523 hectares of land host animal breeding complexes, feed mills, milk processing plants, greenhouses, intensive horticultural production, and other controlled-environment agriculture farming operations;


Areas of Interest: Exploring opportunities for cooperation with US companies offering solutions accelerating socio-economic development, enhancing competitive agricultural production, expanding export potential and geography, creating national brands, enhancing the capacity of smallholder farmers, and promoting agricultural entrepreneurship in Azerbaijan.

URL: http://www.agroparkyalama.az/


The Oklahoma-Azerbaijan Agriculture Forum seeks to bring government and private sector participants from Azerbaijan and Oklahoma together so they can network, share ideas, identify and discuss needs and business opportunities, and build lasting relationships.


The Forum will feature field experts, private sector, agribusiness executives, and agriculture authorities from Oklahoma and Azerbaijan. This unique setting is very much first of a kind, allowing stakeholders to better understand the ample opportunities in both economies.


Save the date and join us to network and learn about business and partnership opportunities along with incentives, trade and investment promotion programs being offered by the governments of Azerbaijan and the United States.


Mr. Kevin Stitt

Oklahoma Governor

Ms. Blayne Arthur

Secretary of Agriculture 

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, & Forestry

Hon. Markwayne Mullin


Oklahoma 2nd Congressional District

H.E. Elin Suleymanov

Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the United States

H.E. Inam Karimov

Minister of Agriculture

Republic of Azerbaijan

Mr. Reza Vaziri


Board of Directors 


Ms. Afag Rizayeva

Baku State University

Dept. of Bioecology

Mr. Brad Morgan

Senior Director of Protein

Performance Food Group

Mr. Benjamin Todd

Principal, Business Dev. North America


Dr. Harry Bader

Deputy Executive Director

U.S. Global Development Lab.

Mr. Bill Lingren

Founder and CEO

Trécé Inc. 

Dr. Jay Singh

Mission Director 

USAID Azerbaijan

Dr. Joe Schatzer

Department Head

Agriculture Economics

Oklahoma State University

Ms. Jennifer Springer


Int. Trade & Foreign Investment

OK Department of Commerce

Dr. Parviz Hajiyev

Deputy CEO

Azerbaijan Organic Company

Dr. Rod Hall 

Oklahoma State Veterinarian

Mr. Les Hutchens

Owner & CEO

Reproduction Enterprises, Inc.

Dr. Ramin Mammadov


Azerrbaijan State Agrarian University

Mr. Tamerlan Vahabov

Businessman (IVY Group) &

Azerbaijan Public Television

Mr. Nuran Karimov


AmCham Azerbaijan

Dr. Randy Taylor

State Program Leader of Agriculture

Oklahoma State University

Mr. Vugar Sadig

Adviser, Int. Affairs 

Kapital Bank Azerbaijan


Ministry of Agriculture

Republic of Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan Food Safety Agency

Embassy of Azerbaijan to the United States

Embassy of the United States to Azerbaijan


Azerbaijan State News Agency

Azerbaijan Public Television

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