Nebraska lawmakers praise agreement to send U.S. beef to China

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Nebraska lawmakers are praising an agreement to send U.S. beef to China.

The Trump Administration announced the agreement this week to open the market to China for the first time since 2003.

“Nebraska beef producers are the best in the world," said Senator Deb Fischer. "Today’s agreement is welcome news for families across our state who can now compete in a new market that is estimated at $2.6 billion. I look forward to continuing my work with the administration to expand opportunities for our beef producers to deliver their outstanding, high-quality products to a hungry world.”

Congressman Adrian Smith is also applauding the agreement to restore trade access.

“We know opening more markets for Nebraska agriculture producers is crucial to their continued success in feeding the world, and restoring access to China is an incredible step forward,” Smith said. “There is no doubt consumers in China will be pleased with the quality of Nebraska beef. I applaud President Trump and his administration for their leadership in this effort, and I will continue to stress the importance of strong trade policy which benefits U.S. agriculture and consumers around the globe.”

This announcement comes on the heels of Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue’s visit to Cherry County, Nebraska, where he joined Senator Fischer in hosting a rancher roundtable. During the discussion, Secretary Perdue stated that opening U.S. beef exports to China is a top priority and would better enable American ranchers to sell their world-class product to a growing market.

Nebraska is a proven leader in the beef industry. Currently, Nebraska exports beef products equivalent to 2,600 head of cattle worldwide every day.

Congressman Smith recently introduced a resolution in the House calling on the Trump administration to negotiate a trade agreement with Japan.

Last Congress, Senator Fischer worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Nebraska Department of Agriculture to export Nebraska beef to Israel. In February of 2016, USDA announced a new agreement with Israel to lift the ban on U.S. beef imports for the first time since 2003. The first shipments arrived from Nebraska’s WR Reserve plant in Hastings.

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