|Media Advisory No. PENDING
USDA Office of Communications
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack to Discuss Benefits of the U.S.-Korea Trade Agreement for U.S. Agriculture
WASHINGTON, March 8, 2011 – TODAY, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will host a media conference call to discuss the benefits of the U.S.-Korea Trade Agreement (KORUS) for U.S. agriculture. The United States concluded trade negotiations with South Korea in December 2010, setting the stage for Congressional action. The United States provided almost 30 percent of Korea’s total agricultural imports in 2010.
Last year, President Obama laid out a challenge to all sectors of the economy with his National Export Initiative (NEI), a program intended to coordinate federal efforts to double U.S. exports by the end of 2014 and to support two million jobs. The U.S.-Korea agreement is expected to boost agricultural exports by as much as $1.8 billion every year, as it immediately eliminates duties on the majority of U.S. farm products exported to Korea, and eliminates duties over time on many others, including U.S. beef.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
12:45 p.m. EST
||Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack |
||U.S.-Korea Trade Agreement|
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