ARLINGTON, VA -- A team of policy and program directors from the China Yunnan Province Department of Agriculture met with USA Rice Federation staff on Tuesday to get a better sense of the U.S. industry. Of particular interest to the Chinese team was U.S. rice production and the safety net for farmers provided in whole or in part by the U.S. government.
The delegation leader, Mr. Bin Ke, Yunnan Province Department of Agriculture Division Director, explained he saw the visit as an opportunity to learn more about U.S. agriculture and to establish an international information exchange on new developments in the agricultural commodity industry, particularly regarding risk management and government-subsidized safety net measures.
"The questions were frank and the discussion lively," said Jim Guinn, USA Rice's vice president of international promotion. "The department chose USA Rice because we represent and advocate for the interests of the entire U.S. rice industry. We were happy to start this relationship off on a positive and collaborative note."
Yunnan Province is located in southwestern China and has a population of more than 45 million.
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