SD Cattlemen's Association applauds European Union beef deal

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Farm Forum

Pierre — South Dakota Cattlemen's Association (SDCA) applauds the announcement Friday of a trade deal with the European Union that will expand access for U.S. beef.

"President Trump and his trade team today demonstrated their commitment to South Dakota's cattlemen and women with this deal that will expand market access for U.S. beef," stated Todd Wilkinson, SDCA past president and Policy Division vice chairman of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. "While there's still much work to be done, we appreciate this opportunity to provide more of our high-quality beef to European consumers."

Wilkinson was one of several beef producers who visited the White House for the signing of the EU deal. The agreement establishes a duty-free tariff rate quota (TRQ) and reserves about 80% of it for U.S. beef. During the seven year implementation, U.S. beef is expected to have the opportunity to expand exports from 18,500 metric tons annually, valued at $220 million, to 35,000 metric tons annually at a value of $420 million. The current agreement on duty-free beef exports to the EU was only 13,000 metric tons annually, valued at $150 million.

"The administration is committed to ending unfair trade tariffs that restrict our producers' access to export markets," said Wilkinson.