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Iowa Encouraged by Signing of U.S.-China Phase 1 Agreement
Iowa Ag Connection - 01/16/2020

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig issued the following statement in response to the signing of the U.S.-China phase one trade agreement in Washington D.C. Wednesday.

"The signing of the phase one U.S.-China trade agreement is great news for Iowa farmers," said Secretary Naig. "It signals that both sides recognize the value of the trading relationship and are willing to continue working to secure a long-term deal. This is the progress we need to regain U.S. agricultural exports to China. I want to thank the Trump Administration for continuing to fight for access to this important market."

Governor Kim Reynolds said, "Today, President Trump secured a historic win for the American people. Forging a stronger trade agreement with China puts Iowa farmers, families, and small businesses first. It was an honor to attend the signing ceremony, at the invitation of the President, and witness such an iconic moment.

"By opening and expanding markets for our products, protecting intellectual property, and setting standards for currency valuation, President Trump has provided the American economy with a foundation for exponential growth and economic prosperity.

"I want to commend the President and his entire team, including Ambassador Branstad and trade Ambassador Lighthizer for being a staunch advocate for American farmers and workers. I look forward to working with the administration to build on the progress made today."

Iowa Farm Bureau Federation President Craig Hill added, "Iowa farmers have long pushed for more free and open markets, and we are pleased with the progress towards that goal through the phase one China trade deal. Free and fair trade with China represents countless opportunities for Iowa agriculture in a growing market with a demand for U.S. ag products. We are hopeful this agreement is an impactful first step toward growing the trade relationship with China, historically the top export market for U.S. agricultural products. China is a valued trading partner and we look forward to growing the relationship."

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