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Missouri Cattlemen Celebrate Japan Trade Deal Finalization
Missouri Ag Connection - 12/06/2019

This week, Japan gave final approval of a trade deal with the United States that will lower tariffs for U.S. beef. For the past few years, President Donald Trump's Administration and the National Cattlemen's Beef Administration has met with Japanese trade negotiators to achieve this new market access for cattle producers.

"There's just no other way to say it: this is a tremendous victory and a great day for America's beef producers and Japanese consumers," said National Cattlemen's Beef Association President Jennifer Houston. "Japan is the number one export market for U.S. beef, and for many years it has been a top priority of NCBA to remove tariff and non-tariff trade barriers that have prevented American beef producers from meeting Japanese consumer demand for safe and high-quality U.S. beef."

An official signing ceremony at the White House with President Trump took place, where NCBA was invited to participate.

"This agreement levels the playing field and opens the door for U.S. beef producers to meet consumer demand in Japan," said Houston. "NCBA has been a strong supporter of President Trump's push for a bilateral trade deal with Japan, and we look forward to capitalizing on this opportunity in 2020."

The trade deal will allow the current beef market of $2 billion a year to continue to grow. The Missouri Cattlemen's Association is proud of the Trump Administration's efforts to nail down a deal with Japan as its success will benefit cattle producers all over the nation.

"This is a win for farmers and ranchers throughout the United States," said MCA President Bobby Simpson. "The lowering of tariffs on beef exports will not only ensure that cattle producers have a competitive market to sell their product, but will also allow beef to become readily available to a larger consumer audience."

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