A recent agricultural trade mission to China has Iowa officials upbeat about the prospect of the export of U.S. poultry, eggs and dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS).
China presently has a ban on U.S. poultry and poultry products, has been in place avian influenza was found in a wild duck in the state Washington in December 2014. Iowa Turkey Federation Executive Director Gretta Irwin told Radio Iowa she feels encouraged that ban could be lifted, and added that there is “some very strong interest in fast food restaurants in China to be adding some turkey products.”
Kevin Stiles of the Iowa Egg Council also expressed optimism.
Outside of Iowa, there is a push to get that ban lifted. On July 26, a bipartisan group of 37 senators in the U.S. wrote a letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, urging his staff to push hard for the ban to end.
China was once a major importer of DDGS, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey said, and losing that market has had a negative impact on Iowa ethanol plants. Kurt Hora of the Iowa Corn Growers Association said regaining market access for DDGS “would be huge.”
Trade trip increases optimism for return of ethanol, poultry exports to China
Members of an Iowa trade delegation to China are expressing optimism that markets for trade of several products will be reopened with that country. One of the big items is ethanol and the byproduct from the production of ethanol known as dried distillers grains or DDG's. Iowa Corn Growers Association president Kurt Hora, spoke about [ ]