NCGA PLEASED WITH STEPS TO ENHANCE CHINESE AG BIOTECH TRADE

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(Posted Fri. Dec 19th, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association applauded an announcement by the United States and Chinese governments of a successful 2014 U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade.

“We see this as an encouraging first step in what needs to be an ongoing process,” said NCGA Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team Chair John Linder.  “For years, NCGA has advocated for synchronizing international approval processes and thus opening markets for farmers. We hope that progress toward this goal continues.”

This announcement included a commitment to improve biotech approval policies through the establishment of a vice-ministerial Strategic Agricultural Innovation Dialogue.  Through these actions, the parties have demonstrated their desire to foster agricultural innovation and work towards a timely, predictable regulatory framework that protect U.S.-China agricultural trade.