Opportunties for farming in US/China talks

Publication — Brownfield Ag Network

Author — By Julie Harker

Date — May 3, 2012

Website — http://brownfieldagnews.com

A delegation of high level U.S. officials is in China for another Strategic and Economic dialogue with Chinese officials.

A group of US lawmakers has written to the U.S. leaders, Secretaries Clinton, Geithner and Bryson, and, trade representative Ron Kirk, to push China to lower barriers on U.S. ag products.

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, tells farm broadcasters, “China represents exciting opportunities for many different segments of our agricultural industry, but, China also restricts many U.S. products because of the sanitary and phyto-sanitary issues that are probably more a cover for political decisions to keep our products out.”

For example, he says, China is still closed to U.S. beef despite no scientific support for the ban, “This week’s meeting presents a very important opportunity to move the ball forward for U.S. businesses and farmers.”

The letter to the administration officials was written by Senator Orrin Hatch, ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee. Signing it were committee members Grassley, South Dakota Senator John Thune, Kansas Senator Pat Roberts and other GOP members.

The Senate finance committee has jurisdiction over international trade policy.

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