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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today issued the following statement regarding the signing of the new United States-Japan Trade Agreement: 

“This agreement between the United States and Japan is a better deal for the entire U.S. economy, but is a particularly big win for our farmers and ranchers. When I visited Japan in May for the G20, I made it clear that the U.S. is Japan’s best customer and we felt that relationship was not reciprocal. This agreement helps level the playing field. I thank President Trump and Ambassador Lighthizer for delivering on their promise to open markets around the world for America’s farmers and ranchers.”

The announcement was hailed by Nebraska politicians and agribusiness groups alike.

U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, released the following statement today after President Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe signed phase one of the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement, which will eliminate or lower tariffs for U.S. agricultural products:

“Nebraska welcomes this trade deal between the U.S. and Japan, which is the top export destination for Nebraska beef and a major buyer of our state’s many agricultural products. I thank President Trump for negotiating this deal. Congress should build off this deal by passing USMCA and providing certainty to our farmers and producers.”

U.S. Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), a strong advocate for Nebraska agriculture and increased trade, released the following statement after it was announced that the U.S. and Japan reached a trade deal.

“There’s still more work to do, but this is really great news for Nebraska’s producers. We need more trade deals in the Pacific because they are great for business in Nebraska and it helps build allies as we turn up the pressure on China to stop their constant cheating.”

Today, Governor Pete Ricketts issued a statement following news that President Donald J. Trump had signed a new trade agreement with Japan.

“The agreement signed today is a big win for the Beef State,” said Gov. Ricketts. “For four years now, we have been working to get a trade deal done with Japan because it is Nebraska’s largest export market for ag exports including our beef, pork, and eggs. Thank you to President Trump for the personal attention he’s paid to working with our Japanese friends to get this deal done. This agreement will help ensure that our quality ag products remain affordable to our Japanese customers for years to come.”

Gov. Ricketts recently returned from his third trade mission to Japan where he encouraged Japanese officials to work with the Trump Administration to finalize this trade agreement.

The Nebraska Corn Board and the Nebraska Corn Growers Association welcomed today’s news regarding an agreement reached between the United States and Japan.

In the joint statement, they said this agreement was signed by President Trump this morning and will ensure fair trade with a longstanding trade partner. In the agreement, Japan will be lowering tariffs on U.S. agricultural products, including corn, by $7 billion.

“Japan is now the second largest buyer of U.S. corn,” said David Bruntz, chairman of the Nebraska Corn Board and farmer from Friend, Nebraska. “With the tough times we’ve been experiencing in agriculture, this is a step in the right direction and we look forward to the details being released on this comprehensive trade deal.”

“Japan has always been a loyal partner with our American ag industry,” said Dan Nerud, president of the Nebraska Corn Growers Association and farmer from Dorchester, Nebraska. “In the recent marketing year alone, Japan purchased more than $2 million in U.S. corn. This agreement is also an important step in the right direction for future ethanol exports.”

The details of the agreement released today show this pact would bring corn exports back in line with the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, which was supported by Nebraska Corn. This puts U.S. corn on a level playing field with other current Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership countries.

Nebraska Corn thanks the President for signing the agreement and looks forward to moving forward with this new trade pact.

Nebraska Farm Bureau president Steve Nelson released a statement regarding the trade deal with Japan.

“Today’s announced trade deal between the United States and Japan is great news for Nebraska’s farm and ranch families. From the beginning of the Trump administration, Nebraska Farm Bureau has strongly urged the President to work to finalize an agreement with Japan so that Nebraska agriculture would not be left behind following the decision to pull out of the now CP-TPP agreement.”

“U.S. beef is king in Japan, and Nebraska exported more than $253 million of beef products in 2017 to Japan. Japan is Nebraska’s fourth largest trading partner overall with total agricultural sales at more than $552 billion in 2017, this agreement is big news for Nebraska’s economy.”

“With this vital agreement now checked off the ‘Trade To-Do’ list, the passage of the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement and reaching a deal with China must be next.”

“It is time to send a clear message to the rest of the world: The United States is open for business.”