FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday June 19, 2017
DES MOINES, Iowa – With U.S. beef-producing states rushing to re-enter a China market closed since 2003, Governor Kim Reynolds said today the topic of international trade and its implications for the Iowa economy should be front and center at the upcoming Iowa Ag Summit.
“We’ve heard speculation year in and year out that China would reopen to U.S. beef since the 2003 mad cow disease scare. The first shipment of U.S. beef in 14 years was flown to Shanghai on Wednesday and that’s an important development for all Iowans,” Reynolds said. “We need to develop the smartest, most effective ways to serve China’s growing demand for quality food. I’m hopeful Iowans with ideas to improve our international trade opportunities will join in the Iowa Ag Summit to create a win-win situation for Chinese consumers and our state’s economy.”
Reynolds announced May 30 that she will lead an agriculture trade mission to China July 19-28. It will be the first time that all of Iowa’s commodity groups – corn, soy, beef, pork, poultry, turkey, dairy and egg – have all participated in the same trade mission.
This year’s Iowa Ag Summit will take place Saturday, Aug. 5 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. It is sponsored by Summit Agricultural Group, a leading diversified agribusiness in the Midwest. The event will feature, state, regional, national and international officials and highlight important topics affecting agriculture, such as trade, energy, sustainability, corporate mergers, the environment and the 2018 farm bill.
“I couldn’t agree more with Governor Reynolds about the tremendous impact that international trade has on the Iowa economy and how we can do even more to generate jobs and opportunities across all 99 counties,” said Bruce Rastetter, CEO of Summit Agricultural Group. “The goal for the Iowa Ag Summit is to bring together agricultural, government and industry leaders to discuss how to keep our agricultural economy strong for generations to come.”
Rastetter and Summit Agricultural Group hosted the first-ever Iowa Ag Summit in March 2015, featuring one-on-one discussions on agriculture and economic issues with the field of presidential candidates. This year’s summit will feature unique perspectives from state, national and international officials on the diverse issues affecting agriculture today. It will include keynote speeches, panel discussions and agricultural exhibits, providing a platform for elected officials, public policy leaders, agri-business leaders and the public to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing today’s agricultural industry.
For more information, please visit: www.IowaAgSummit.com or for ticket information, please contact Jill Ryan at (515) 282-3000 or [email protected]
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