For Immediate Release
May 12th, 2016
Contact: Ashley Kohls
Minnesota Beef Industry Applauds Chinese Beef Export Progress
Maple Plain, MN - The Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association is thrilled with the continued progress towards allowing U.S. beef to be exported to China. Late yesterday, the Trump Administration announced that one of the 10 initial actions of the U.S.-China Economic Cooperation 100-Day Plan includes restoration of U.S. beef access to China. U.S beef producers have been looking forward to this moment for 13 years and it’s impossible to overstate how beneficial this will be for Minnesota's cattle producers. China is home to one-fifth of the world population, with a growing middle-class that is larger than the entire U.S. population. These middle-class consumers are buying record amounts of protein and China is becoming one of the greatest importers of beef in the world.
"We look forward to providing nearly 1.4 billion new customers in China with the same safe and delicious U.S. beef that we feed our families." Ashley Kohls - MSCA Executive Director
Like other markets in Asia, it is expected that China will be a great export market for commonly recognized cuts like rounds and chuck rolls, but also an opportunity for other cuts like tongues, intestines and short ribs. Exporting cuts that are less desirable in the U.S. market will further increase the value of beef in the U.S.
" It's encouraging to see the current administration, along with bipartisan support of Congress, working collaboratively to open up the Chinese market to U.S. beef. Access to this market is something that will greatly benefit not only the cattle industry in Minnesota, but other agriculture commodities in our state as well. A healthy agriculture economy leads to strong rural communities." - Krist Wollum, MSCA President
According to the Trump Administration, there is one more round of technical consultations that need to happen between the U.S. and China. U.S. beef could be allowed into China beginning as soon as possible but no later than July 16, 2017. The Minnesota State Cattlemen's Association will continue to support the U.S. government in accomplishing this goal as soon as possible.
To view the 100-day plan summary document released by the U.S. Commerce Department click HERE.
About the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association
The Minnesota State Cattlemen's Association (MSCA) is a membership-based organization that represents cattle farmers and individuals who are part of the cattle community in Minnesota. For more information about the Minnesota State Cattlemen's Association visit www.mnsca.org.
Posted: May 12, 2017