The phase one trade deal between the U.S. and China is now officially in place. All eyes are on exports to China with the commitment to significantly increase their agricultural purchases from the U.S. in the next two years. Work continues on other parts of the agreement. That includes a meeting between USDA and the Chinese customs agency to sign a protocol that allows the importation of U.S. potatoes. By February 24, China must sign paperwork acknowledging the safety standards for U.S. dairy and pork products. By mid-March, China has agreed to eliminate the cattle age requirements for imports of U.S. beef and beef products.
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