The USDA recently announced that it will lead a trade mission of nearly 40 businesses to China, as the success of the American agricultural industry has led the agency to pursue new markets for products.
According to a USDA release, the growing demand for commodities across the world has led to increased efforts by the American agricultural industry to open up trade talks. People who have used farm equipment in the U.S. have experienced a significant level of success in the past few years, leading to higher revenues and more jobs.
Acting Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Michael Scuse noted that "we embrace this opportunity to demonstrate that our U.S. farmers, ranchers, and producers are reliable suppliers of the highest-quality food and agricultural products."
The release noted that net farm income is at near-record levels and strong agricultural exports contribute to a positive U.S. trade balance, create jobs and boost economic growth. Farmers provide Americans with more than 83 percent of the food that is consumed and provides them with affordable choices.
Fruitnet.com reported that leaders from six states' departments of agriculture will go on the trip to promote the interests of farmers in their region.