U. S. Chief Ag Negotiator Visits Arkansas - October 2012
Just last week the United States Chief Agricultural negotiator, Isi Siddiqui, visited the state of Arkansas to discuss increasing American exports and jobs. [Video shows a soybean field, a grain storage facility, the state capitol, and a tractor.] Ambassador Siddiqui traveled the state to participant in round table meetings with local farmers and ranchers and to visit agricultural research and production sites. He also shared how the Obama administration is working to boost US agricultural exports that support jobs for Arkansans. [Video shows a city street with traffic, on-farm storage bins, a fidl, the capitol, and a combine in a field.]
We caught up with the ambassador while he and his team were in Stuttgart, Arkansas while touring the Riceland Food facility. [Video shows a team of people talking and touring the Riceland Food facility.]
[University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Research and Extension University of Arkansas System. Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board. Isi Siddiqui, U.S. Chief Agricultural Negotiator]
I think soybeans, as you know, are very much in demand and last year in China alone we exported nine and a half billion dollar worth of US soybeans. I know Arkansas is number ten in soybean production, so it plays a critical role in the economy of this state. Quality of soybean is one issue we run into so we have signed agreements where we want to assure buyers in other foreign markets that we are supplying, high quality soybeans when they buy from the US.
Demand for agriculture products around the world is great. Made in or produced in USA has a lot of demand so we continue to, actually last three years have been the highest record levels of agriculture exports. Last year for example, we exported a record level of 137 billion dollars of agriculture products. Many of them came from Arkansas, like cotton, poultry, beef, soybeans and other products.
[For more information, visit www.uaex.edu. University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Research and Extension University of Arkansas System. Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board]