Heartland growers ship record levels of farm goods to China

August 17, 2017 – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) today reports that private exporters shipped165,000 metric tons of soybeans for delivery to China during the 2017/2018 marketing year, closing in on a new record.

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The US Soybean Export Council, based in Chesterfield, Missouri, said in a recent report that the Chinese Ministry of Commerce made a commitment to buy a record volume of US soybeans when its officials were in Iowa in July.

China buys roughly one-quarter of the US soybean crop and is the biggest buyer of American farm goods overall, with $22.3 billion in purchases projected for the year that ended Sept. 30, according to the USDA.

While trade tensions have arisen between the two nations since the election of President Trump, his China envoy, former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, has long-established ties with China and has pledged to boost US agricultural exports.

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