WASHINGTON D.C. -Nebraska beef producers have now been given a huge, new market.
The Department of Agriculture announced on Monday that China, who imported $2.5 billion worth of beef in 2016, will soon begin importing United States beef.
USDA chief Sonny Perdue said in a statement that cattle producers will be “regaining access to an enormous market with an ever-expanding middle class.”
China stopped importing US beef in 2003 due to concerns about Mad Cow disease.
The new rules stipulate that the US can only import beef born in the United States, Canada or Mexico and that the birthplace, or point of origin into the US, must be tracked.
The beef also must come from cattle 30 months of age or younger.
Nebraska politicans were quick to applaud the Trump administration, who led the talks.
Senator Deb Fischer said the deal is a win for ag producers across the state.
“Today’s agreement is welcome news for families across our state who can now compete in a new market that is estimated at $2.6 billion,” says Fischer.
Congressman Adrian Smith, who oversees much of rural Nebraska, says China will receive a quality product.
“There is no doubt consumers in China will be pleased with the quality of Nebraska beef. I applaud President Trump and his administration for their leadership in this effort,” says Smith.
According to the US Census bureau, beef is Nebraska’s biggest export.