MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Agriculture officials from across the country are meeting in Montgomery and will hear about farm trade from the former president of Mexico, Vicente Fox.

Fox is the keynote speaker Friday at the meeting of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture. The morning speaker is U.S. Deputy Agriculture Secretary Kathleen Merrigan.

The mid-year conference being hosted by Alabama Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks continues through Monday.

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