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Australia promotes agricultural trade to US

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Tony Burke will visit the United States this week to promote agricultural trade.

Mr Burke will hold a series of meetings in Washington DC from 6-8 July relating to trade market access, food security and climate change, including the recent passage of the US climate change bill through the House of Representatives.

He will also discuss the US Administration’s views on farm policy following the implementation of the 2008 US Farm Bill and personally lodge Australia’s objection to the Administration’s decision to reintroduce dairy subsidies.

Mr Burke said the United States was Australia’s third most valuable agricultural market behind China and Japan, worth $2.5 billion in exports last year.

Major export markets include beef and wine.

Meetings are planned with the US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack; US Trade Representative Ron Kirk and other senior officials in the US Administration; members of Congress and industry representatives.

An Australian industry delegation will accompany Mr Burke, including representatives of the Australian Livestock Exporters Council; Meat and Livestock Australia; Horticulture Australia Ltd; Southern Rocklobster Ltd; Australian Meat Industry Council; Australian Dairy Farmers; Grain Growers Australia; Queensland Sugar Ltd and Avocados Australia.

by S. C.
05 july 2009, World News > Oceania

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