USDA Announces Trade Mission to China

Earlier this week, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will send a trade mission to China. This mission is scheduled for the end of March.

While the agricultural sector as a whole is doing remarkably well in the midst of the recession, agricultural exports remains of the crown jewels of the USDA, generating billions of dollars for American farmers and creating tens of thousands of jobs across the country.

In recent years, trade with China has become a major part of the American economy. China is one of the largest importers of American soybeans in the world and is set to become one of the largest importers of American cotton and American corn. The importance of this reciprocal relationship led Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping to visit the United States last month.

Like Xi’s trip to the United States, the planned trade mission will seek to strengthen partnerships between the United States and China. In addition, the mission will hopeful create desperately needed American jobs.

“China and the United States share a special relationship, and we embrace this opportunity to continue our in-depth dialogue on issues of mutual concern. At the same time, we want to ensure that our American farmers, ranchers and producers continue to be recognized across China and the Asia Pacific as reliable suppliers of the highest-quality food and agricultural products,” Vilsack said.

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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer