AGRIBUSINESS: USDA Announces Export Market Openings

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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service have announced recent results of efforts to support exports of U.S. agricultural products.

APHIS is announcing the opening of export markets to Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia for U.S. day-old chicks and hatching eggs.

Vilsack says this is a significant agreement for poultry exporters. He notes APHIS has pursued the opening of the Russian market to U.S. day-old chicks and hatching eggs for nearly 10 years.

APHIS officials have also reached agreement on export certification requirements for U.S. dairy cattle shipments to Iraq. According to Vilsack - the Middle East is an important and emerging market for U.S. cattle exporters.

U.S. pears are now available for the first time ever to Chinese consumers due to the work of APHIS officials. Vilsack says there is excitement of new market opportunities and continued success for the industry. Within the next two seasons - China is expected to become one of the top five export destinations for U.S.-grown pears. According to USDA - these efforts are expected to help increase exports of U.S. cattle, poultry products and pears by over 85-million dollars a year.