NCBA Reacts to News of Beef Agreement with Japan

National Cattlemen's Beef Association President J.D. Alexander says the announcement that Japan will soon begin accepting U.S. beef and beef products from cattle under 30 months of age is great news for cattlemen and women. He says it is also a significant milestone in the nation's trading relationship with Japan. According to Aelxander - this move is an important step forward in paving the way toward greater export opportunities to one of our largest export markets.

Japan was the second largest export market for U.S. beef through November 2012 - totaling 849-million dollars and nearly 130-thousand metric tons. Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns also commented on the importance of Japan as a U.S. trading partner and called this move a significant step in the right direction. The former Ag Secretary would still prefer all of our trading partners fully align their policies to meet international standards.

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