Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad will mark the return of U.S. beef to China this week. Friday, the duo will celebrate U.S. beef exports returning to China by traveling to the nation and ceremonially cut a prime rib that originated from Nebraska. Perdue and Branstad will attend events and meet with officials in China Friday and Saturday, in what marks the return of U.S. beef to China, banned from the nation since 2003. China has emerged as a major beef buyer in recent years, with imports increasing from $275 million in 2012 to $2.5 billion in 2016. The United States is the world’s largest beef producer and in 2016 was the world’s fourth-largest exporter, with global sales of more than $5.4 billion.
From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting News Service.