Big news in the ag industry today. Japan has changed the terms and conditions for which it imports beef from the United States. It's a big deal for ranchers and farmers, but also of interest to consumers!
This is a great article in Drovers about the new deal:
This is a great blog post from The Hill:
Japan is the largest importer of US beef in Asia.
Japan will now permit the import of beef from cattle less than 30* months of age. *Previously 20
This will inevitably boost the bottom line for American Agriculture and help set another record year for agricultural exports.
This is a true testament to the work that has been done in the industry to provide safe and wholesome beef to consumers. Japan stopped importing beef from cattle that were up to 30 months in age after a positive Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) case was found in the US back in 2003.