Nebraska lawmakers applaud decision to reopen pork trade to Argentina

Nebraska lawmakers are applauding a decision to reopen trade to Argentina, saying it will expand opportunities for local pork producers.

The Trump administration finalized an agreement to restore trade access for U.S. pork to Argentina for the first time since 1992.

Congressman Adrian Smith said it's more good news for Nebraska agriculture as more markets are opened up to producers. He said in June, U.S. beef producers gained access to China's market, bringing an end to a 14-year ban. He adds that with this agreement, Nebraska pork producers can sell to Argentine consumers for the first time in 25 years.

“I applaud these efforts to bolster U.S. agriculture," said Congressman Smith. "It is vital we continue working to increase market access for producers.”

Senator Deb Fischer said she's pleased the administration has negotiated a deal with Argentina.

"Nebraska ranks sixth in the nation in hog production and this new agreement will provide consumers in Argentina with high quality pork from our state," said Fischer. "I applaud the administration for following through on its promise to get better deals for our producers who work hard to feed the world every day."

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