LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today issued the statement below applauding the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s announced agreement permitting U.S. rice exports to China for the first time.
“The news today announcing that the U.S. is now permitted to sell rice to China for the first time in history is a significant boost to Arkansas—the nation’s No. 1 rice producer—and our overall economy,” said Governor Hutchinson. “This is an issue I’ve consistently advocated for on my trade missions to China and in meetings with the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture. I applaud Secretary Perdue and the USDA for their tireless efforts in getting this deal done. It’s a great day to be an Arkansan.”
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