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South Korea Free Trade Agreement is Important for U.S. Beef Producers

Wed, 15 Jun 2011 09:57:26 CDT

South Korea Free Trade Agreement is Important for U.S. Beef Producers The recent buzz about the Free Trade Agreements is well known among cattle producers today. Many different agricultural groups are hopeful that Congress will address trade issues with the passage of the pending free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea before the end of the summer to help ensure a growth in beef markets.


Iowa cattle producer Ed Greiman recently visited South Korea with the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, which he is the association's President-Elect. Greiman says he saw the potential for a phenomenal market in South Korea, which was nothing like he had envisioned. Korea is full of middle class consumers and they are looking to add protein and beef to their diets says Greiman.


Greiman says this growing interest in using beef by South Koreans is an opportunity for U.S. beef producers because South Korea just can't provide adequate quantities for their population. This places a great amount of importance on the free trade agreement with South Korea and making the trade deal.


Aside from the free trade agreement – Greiman says it’s important to remember who the end customer is and to keep food safety in mind- making sure we provide a safe and wholesome product is very important to the South Korean consumer.


Ed Greiman is our guest today on the Beef Buzz.


Click on the LISTEN BAR below to hear the rest of the interview between Ron Hays and Ed Greiman, while they discuss the issue of free trade agreements with South Korea and the potential growth of U.S. beef in this country.


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Ron Hays Beef Buzzes with Iowa Cattlemen's Association President-Elect Ed Greiman on the importance of a South Korea Free Trade Agreement
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