U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) delivered remarks to the 2019 Taiwan Agricultural Trade Goodwill Mission today.
“Thank you- not only for your business and your friendship- but also for coming to our nation’s capital, going into our nation’s heartland, and acknowledging it is farmers- not politicians- who feed a hungry world,” said Senator Cramer. “When you talk about ‘corn, wheat, soybeans, meat,’ you are talking about the midwestern farmer. Thank you for the reminder that trade happens between partners, partnership is rooted in friendship, and friendship is rooted in relationships built on common values.”
The main purpose for their visit is to buy American grains and meat for 2020 and 2021, with a total commitment of more than $3.7 billion. Taiwan is the United States’ 8th largest agricultural market, including our 5th largest for corn and wheat, 7th largest for soybeans, and 6th largest for beef. Today’s total commitment of purchase includes $1.1 billion for soybeans, $1.1 billion for corn, $960 million for beef, and $576 million for wheat.