Tag: Agriculture

American Poultry Farmers Regain Access to China

*Press Release*


U.S. poultry exports expected to top $1 billion annually

Washington, DC – United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue released the following statement on China’s decision to lift its ban on poultry imports from the United States:

“The United States welcomes China’s decision to finally lift its unwarranted ban on U.S. poultry and poultry products.  This is great news for both America’s farmers and China’s consumers,” said Ambassador Lighthizer.  “China is an important export market for America’s poultry farmers, and we estimate they will now be able to export more than $1 billion worth of poultry and poultry products each year to China.  Reopening China to U.S. poultry will create new export opportunities for our poultry farmers and support thousands of workers employed by the U.S. poultry industry.”

Secretary Perdue said, “After being shut out of the market for years, U.S. poultry producers and exporters welcome the reopening of China’s market to their products.  America’s producers are the most productive in the world and it is critical they be able to sell their bounty to consumers in other parts of the globe. We will continue our work to expand market access in important markets like China as well as other countries, to support our producers and U.S. jobs.”

China has banned all U.S. poultry since January 2015 due to an avian influenza outbreak in December 2014, even though the United States has been free of this disease since August 2017.  The United States exported over $500 million worth of poultry products to China in 2013.

The United States is the world’s second largest poultry exporter, with global exports of poultry meat and products of $4.3 billion last year.

Milk Marketing Advisory Council to Meet October 31, 2019

Milk Marketing Advisory Council to Meet October 31, 2019

In compliance with the Open Meetings Law, the Milk Marketing Advisory Council gives notice that it will conduct a meeting on Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 10 a.m.

The meeting will take place at the Department of Agriculture and Markets, PONY Room, 10B Airline Drive, Albany, NY.

For an agenda and details on the meeting, please visit https://agriculture.ny.gov/DI/DInews.html#1.

A recorded audiocast of the meeting will be made available on the Internet at http://www.agriculture.ny.gov/webcasting.html.

USDA Seeks Applications for Grants to Help Rural Businesses Market Value-Added Products

Stakeholder Announcement

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy today announced that USDA is accepting applications for technical assistance grants to help rural businesses market value-added agricultural products.

The grants must be used to establish and operate Agriculture Innovation Centers. The funds may be used to provide legal, accounting and other consulting services; hire employees to establish and operate the Centers; or make individual grants to agricultural producers. Eligible applicants include nonprofit and for-profit corporations, public bodies and institutions of higher education. Recipients must provide matching funds of
least one-third of the total project budget.

USDA encourages applications that will support recommendations made in the Report to the President of the United States from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity (PDF, 5.4 MB). Applicants are encouraged to consider projects that provide measurable results in helping rural communities build robust and sustainable economies through strategic investments in infrastructure, partnerships and innovation.

Key Strategies Include:

• Achieving e-Connectivity for Rural America
• Developing the Rural Economy
• Harnessing Technical Innovation
• Supporting a Rural Workforce
• Improving Quality of Life
The deadline to submit applications is March 20, 2020. For additional information, see page 55274 of the Oct.
16, 2019, Federal Register.