Representatives from the
Rice producers are voicing some of the loudest complaints, as the agreement does not include either country's rice markets.
"While we appreciate and applaud the diligent efforts by USTR Susan Schwab, Ambassador Richard Crowder, and Agriculture Secretary Johanns on behalf of U.S. rice in this agreement, the fact is that U.S. rice farmers and marketers have been excluded from one of the most significant bilateral trade agreements in over a decade," USA Rice Federation Chairman Al Montna said in statement released by the group and the US Rice Producers Association.
Meanwhile, the American Soybean Association praised the deal for creating new export opportunities for
"U.S. soybean growers will also benefit because this agreement is expected to generate millions of dollars of new meat and poultry exports," says ASA President Rick Ostlie, voicing hopes that beef shipments to South Korea will resume and adding a word on the behalf of U.S. rice: "From a U.S. grower perspective, perhaps the only disappointment is that the highly sensitive rice trade was excluded from the agreement. On balance, however, the agreement is very positive because it will further open
The National Cattlemen's Beef Association says it is withholding judgment of the deal until it becomes clear whether or not
That possibility may become a reality by year's end, according to an anonymous official with