Former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad served as the U.S. ambassador to China during the Trump Administration. Since the phase one trade agreement was signed in January of 2020, the U.S. exported a record amount of corn, soybeans and pork to China. “When I got the ambassadorship, China had not purchased beef from the United States for 14 years because of Mad Cow Disease. We also got that lifted.” Branstad met with U.S. Trade Ambassador Katherine Tai last week to discuss the phase one trade agreement. “China has a bigger middle class than the United States. There is great market potential there,” said Branstad. “You need to do you can to extend the phase one agreement and also work on trade agreements in other parts of the world.” In an interview with the Red River Farm Network, Branstad said the Biden Administration got off to a slow start on trade.
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