China agrees to allow US beef into country

WASHINGTON (KEVN TV) - Senator John Thune announced Monday that China is dropping a 13-year ban on U.S. beef imports.

“While the agreement is long overdue, it will nonetheless come as welcome news to all of South Dakota’s farmers and ranchers who not only help make agriculture our state’s top industry, but help feed the world,” Thune said in a release.

The lifting of the ban comes after China agreed to negotiate reopening the country to U.S. beef. The ban was imposed in 2003 after a case of mad-cow disease was discovered.

“After urging the Trump administration to take quick action on this and other important agricultural trade issues, I’m glad to see that it has been resolved,” Thune said.

In April, 40 senators (including Thune) sent a letter o President Donald Trump ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to the United States. Thune urged the president to push President Xi Jinping to end the U.S. beef import ban.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross earlier this year said China is a $2.5 billion market for beef exporters.