USTR Reports Progress in Trade Talks

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk has announced important progress with Japan on a range of trade and regulatory issues as well as on new areas of joint cooperation. Working through the U.S.-Japan Economic Harmonization Initiative – Kirk says Japan has improved the business environment and expanded access for a broad range of U.S. goods and services. These goods include agricultural products.

Ambassador Kirk welcomed the progress which – expands job-supporting business and export opportunities for American entrepreneurs, workers, manufacturers and service providers. Kirk says addressing issues of concern and working closely together to advance new areas of cooperation will further deepen the United States' relationship with Japan – a strong ally and the nation's fourth largest export market. The EHI – launched in November 2010 – aims to contribute to U.S. economic growth by promoting cooperation to harmonize approaches that facilitate trade, address business climate and individual issues and advance coordination on regional issues of common interest. 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.