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China represents a growing market for US beef

US Ambassador to China Terry Branstad says now that the Chinese market for US beef has reopened, he’s optimistic exports will continue to increase. “We already sell a lot of soybeans and a lot of pork,” he says.  “But I think with the growing middle class I think beef is going to be a big hit.”

During an event in Beijing last week, where American prime rib was served at lunch, Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue had a message for beef producers back home.  “I am convinced when our Chinese friends taste this tasty, wholesome, healthy, safe US beef they’re going to want more of it,” he says.  “So you all better get some more cows.”

Last week marked the first time the Chinese market was open to US beef in 13 years.  China halted imports of US beef following a single case of BSE found in December of 2003.

The US is the world’s largest producer of beef and the fourth largest exporter.

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