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Secretary Perdue makes Argentina visitSecretary Perdue makes Argentina visit

U.S. pork welcomed back into market after being closed out for 20 years.

Jacqui Fatka

July 31, 2018

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Secretary Perdue makes Argentina visit
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in a with Bilateral meeting with Argentine Minister of Agro-Industry Luis Miguel Etchevehere in Buenos Aires, Argentina on July 29, 2018. Secretary Perdue was in Argentina for the G-20 Conference.USDA photo

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina, on July 27-29 to participate in the G20 meeting of agriculture ministers. While in Argentina, he also celebrated the reintroduction of American pork products to the Argentine market after more than 20 years.

While at the G20, Perdue discussed important issues facing agriculture around the world and engaged in policy dialogues with his counterparts.

“We greatly value our close relationships with our international agricultural partners,” Perdue said. Speaking after the meetings, he said discussions focused on how the countries can work together better. He also met with the director general of the World Organization for Animal Health, which establishes international standards.

The G20 Summit focused on a variety of issues, including the future of the agricultural workforce, infrastructure and ensuring a sustainable food future.  

Perdue also participated in a celebratory cut into a honey-baked ham with U.S. Ambassador to Argentina Edward Prado. He said pork is not consumed much in Argentina, but he’s looking forward to introducing it to consumers there.

“The U.S. is the world’s third-largest pork producer and a top exporter,” Perdue said. “This new market is a big victory for American farmers and ranchers. I am confident that once the people of Argentina get a taste of American pork products, they will only want more.”

Related:Argentina now open to U.S. pork imports

The deal to restore U.S. pork exports to Argentina was sealed during Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Buenos Aires. Technical staff from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative have been working with Argentina’s ministry on terms of the agreement that are practical, science-based and consistent with relevant international animal health standards.

As President Donald Trump and Argentina's President Mauricio Macri agreed in a joint statement issued in April 2017 in Washington, D.C., both the U.S. and Argentina are committed to further expansion of two-way agricultural trade.

Perdue said Argentina remains interested in having a bilateral trade agreement with the U.S., and additional discussion focused on what needs to happen to make that a reality.

Following the summit, Perdue traveled to Dona Sofia Polo Ranch in San Antonio de Areco on July 29, where he met with the owner, veterinarian and breeding staff to discuss new breeding and genetics technologies for horses and cattle.

About the Author(s)

Jacqui Fatka

Policy editor, Farm Futures

Jacqui Fatka grew up on a diversified livestock and grain farm in southwest Iowa and graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications, with a minor in agriculture education, in 2003. She’s been writing for agricultural audiences ever since. In college, she interned with Wallaces Farmer and cultivated her love of ag policy during an internship with the Iowa Pork Producers Association, working in Sen. Chuck Grassley’s Capitol Hill press office. In 2003, she started full time for Farm Progress companies’ state and regional publications as the e-content editor, and became Farm Futures’ policy editor in 2004. A few years later, she began covering grain and biofuels markets for the weekly newspaper Feedstuffs. As the current policy editor for Farm Progress, she covers the ongoing developments in ag policy, trade, regulations and court rulings. Fatka also serves as the interim executive secretary-treasurer for the North American Agricultural Journalists. She lives on a small acreage in central Ohio with her husband and three children.

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