Nebraska Farm Bureau Statement on U.S. - Japan Beef Trade Agreement (1-29-13)

1/31/2013 9:18:52 AM


Contact: Steve Nelson, president 402-499-9485

Statement by Steve Nelson, President, Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation
Nebraska Farm Bureau Statement on U.S. - Japan Beef Trade Agreement

LINCOLN, Neb., Jan. 29, 2013 – Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson released the following statement regarding the announcement that the U.S. and Japan have reached an agreement opening the Japanese beef market to cattle up to 30 months of age.

“This is a very positive step in the right direction,” Nelson said. “Nebraska cattle producers have always met the challenge to raise the safest and best quality beef in the world. Allowing cattle up to 30 months of age will give Nebraska producers more access to a growing and valuable Japanese beef market.”

"According to the U.S. Meat Export Federation, this move will increase beef exports to Japan by 45 percent in 2013. Based on 2011 export figures, the value of beef exported to Japan from Nebraska could reach up to $300 million in 2013."

“However, work remains in trying to fully open the Japanese beef market with standards that are based in science. Nebraska Farm Bureau will continue to work hard so that Nebraska beef producers are given a full advantage in the international marketplace.”

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