New Ag Secretary Talks Better Beef Trade

US - Edward Schafer, the new U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, told beef producers international trade opportunities for their products should improve this year.
calendar icon 12 February 2008
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He made his comments at the National Cattlemen's Beef Association annual convention in Reno, Nev.

Schafer recognized the need to further improve trade to increase income for beef producers and recapture monies lost after the 2003 BSE outbreak.

He also offered praise for USDA's multi-faceted work in the agriculture economy and then suggested it might be too easy for others, perhaps especially for those outside the agency, to overlook governmental accomplishments in reopening international trade for beef.

"When I went back over the Department of Agriculture's effort to win fair access for American beef in markets all over the world it strikes me that really a good deal has been accomplished," Schafer said.

Source: Wallace's Farmer
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