China Beef Market Worth Billions to U.S. Producers

The U.S. says China has agreed to reopen its market to U.S. beef by mid-July—a huge win for the U.S. beef industry and the broader feed industry.

American Farm Bureau Federation trade adviser Dave Salmonson…

The size and importance of the development cannot be overstated–China’s population is massive, with a growing middle class, inaccessible since the U.S. BSE outbreak in 2003.

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Kent Bacus.

Bacus says the entire production chain will benefit, as will the U.S. trade deficit, as the U.S. will now be able to compete in China’s beef market with major players like Australia and New Zealand. 

China Beef Announcement a Positive Step for U.S. Chicken Exports

The National Chicken Council says the announcement that U.S. beef exports will return to China is a positive step towards resuming chicken exports to China as well. U.S. chicken has been blocked by China since January 2015, when the country issued a blanket ban on all U.S. poultry over issues related to avian influenza.

In a news release, NCC President Mike Brown encouraged the administration to “continue their work to remove China’s obstacles preventing U.S. broiler access to their marketplace.” Poultry exports to China peaked in 2008, with an export value of $722 million. The trade deal announced by the White House will also allow Chinese companies to export cooked poultry products to the United States.


A former first lady criticizes a decision by the Agriculture Department to delay a requirement to reduce sodium intake offer more whole grains in cafeteria food at school.  CBS News Correspondent Deborah Rodriguez has more.

The Ag department is going along with suggestions from a group that represents companies that sell food to schools.
Canada Ag Census Shows Increase in Young and Women Farmers

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creases in young and women farmers in its latest Census of Agriculture. Statistics Canada has released its 2016 Census of Agriculture, which counted 271,000-some farm operators, down from 293,000 during the 2011 Census. While people age 55 and over still make up the fastest-growing segment of farmers in Canada, the latest report shows slightly more producers under age 35 for the first time in five surveys. Operators under 35 years of age rose from 24,120 in 2011 to 24,850 in 2016. Women also accounted for an increasing share of operators in 2016, at 28.7 percent, up from 27.4 percent in 2011. The average area per farm increased from 779 acres in 2011 to 820 in 2016. However, Canada’s total farm area slipped 0.9 percent, from 160.2 million acres in 2011 to 158.7 million acres in 2016. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Statistics Service is in the beginning stages of the next U.S. Census of Agriculture. In 2012, the U.S. census counted 2.2 million farm operators in the United States. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.