During his visit to Washington, DC this week for the National Association of Farm Broadcasters Washington Watch fly-in, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays has the opportunity to participate in a news conference with our new Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. Hays had the chance to ask the Secretary a question during the news conference regarding China, US beef and what can be done now that China’s President Xi has indicated to President Donald Trump, he is interested in reopening his country’s markets to our beef exports.
“Secretary Ross and I discussed that and we think we’re making good progress in that area,” Perdue responded. “We think there’s some things they would like that we are very comfortable in agreeing to. Particularly if we can get US beef into China.”
While the Secretary believes we are off to a good start in getting the negotiations underway and start shipping product, he understands there is still going to be a lot of red tape to cut through first.