U.S. Beef Heading to China
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has hailed the agreement between the United States and China on several key trade issues, most notably the return of American beef to the Chinese market after a hiatus that began in 2004.Secretary Perdue issued the following statement:
"This is tremendous news for the American beef industry, the agriculture community, and the U.S. economy in general. We will once again have access to the enormous Chinese market, with a strong and growing middle class, which had been closed to our ranchers for a long, long time. I commend the persistence of President Trump, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, the U.S. Trade Representatives officials, and our own USDA professionals. I also thank our Chinese
counterparts, who worked so hard to get this agreement into place. When the Chinese people taste our high-quality U.S. beef, there's no doubt in my mind that they'll want more of it.
National Cattlemens Beef Association President Craig Uden:
"After being locked out of the worlds largest market for 13 years, we strongly welcome the announcement that an agreement has been made to restore U.S. beef exports to China. Its impossible to overstate how beneficial this will be for Americas cattle producers, and the Trump Administration deserves a lot of credit for getting this achieved. We look forward to providing nearly 1.4 billion new customers in China with the same safe and delicious U.S. beef that we feed our families. I look forward to the day when we can serve President Trump and President Xi a dry-aged American-made New York strip in Beijing."
Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts:
We welcome China's announcement to allow U.S. beef into the Chinese marketplace again, said Governor Ricketts. As Governor, I along with my team at the Nebraska Department of Agriculture have worked to forge relationships with the Chinese government and business community to help grow Nebraska in the Chinese marketplace.
Nebraska Director of Agriculture Greg Ibach:
We have been anticipating this announcement and have already been working to build key partnerships in China for Nebraska beef, We will be reaching out to our states beef community to ensure that we continue to position Nebraska to play a key role in the Chinese market.
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback:
Kansas welcomes the news that an agreement has been reached to open China's borders to U.S. beef after being locked out of that market for the last 13 years, We commend the Trump Administration for this achievement. Restoring U.S. beef exports to China opens the door to sell high quality, safe and delicious Kansas beef to nearly 1.4 billion new customers in China.
Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey:
This is tremendous news for Kansas agriculture, The Kansas beef industry is the single largest agricultural sector in the state, making it a significant contributor to the Kansas economy, generating more than $15 billion annually. We are committed to working with the Kansas beef industry to take full advantage of this export opportunity, which will have a major impact as we continue to identify ways to grow Kansas agriculture.
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