A delegation of nearly 50 people from the US state of Iowa started their 10-day visit to China on Sunday [17 September 2017] and a groundbreaking for a China-US Friendship Demonstration Farm, believed to be the first of its kind, is set for Saturday. Terry Branstad, the new US ambassador to China, will attend the ceremony, according to a news release from the Iowa Sister States commission, a nonprofit organization founded in 1985 to manage Iowa’s official relationships with foreign states and provinces. The organization was established when Branstad was governor…Full Article: China Daily Sept 2017

Key Point

  • The China-US Friendship Demonstration Farm (1,214 hectares) will be located near Chengde in Luanping County, Hebei Province.

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  • In July 2017, approximately two dozen Chinese enterprises signed USD 5 billion worth of agricultural contracts in Des Moines, Iowa. As a result of the agreements China would reportedly import 12.53 million MTs of soybeans, as well as 371 MTs of pork and beef.
  • In June 2017, a Chinese delegation from Beijing visited Kimberley Farms in Iowa. Members of the visiting Chinese delegation inquired about genetically modified crops. A representative of the Kimberley Farms noted that approximately 90% of their soy and corn crops are genetically modified. Members of the Kimberley Farms are reportedly assisting in establishing a demo farm project in Hebei Province. During the same month, Iowa Premium Beef was working to export beef to mainland China. The company typically processes 1,150 heads of cattle daily, though production shuts down 1 to 2 days per week.
  • In 2017, it was reported construction may begin on the Iowan model farm (see Kimberley Farms, Iowa) near Chengde, in northern Hebei Province. Another model farm may be constructed in Jilin Province at a later date.
  • In October 2016, Chinese representatives signed US$2.1 billion (totaling ~5.1 million MTs of agricultural goods) worth of agricultural contracts in Des Moines, Iowa. From 2015/2016 to 2016/2017 seasonal year, Chinese soybean consumption was expected to increase from 95 million MTs to 98 million MTs, with imports expected to reach 83 million MTs during the 2016/2017 seasonal year.
  • In September 2015, Chinese soybean importers signed agreements to purchase 13.18 million MTs (~US$5.3 billion) after attending US conference in Des Moines, Iowa. The US soybean exporters to China included Archer-Daniels-Midland (ADM), Cargill and Louis Dreyfus Group.
  • In April 2013, approximately 75 companies from Hebei Province visited Iowa.
  • In October 2012, Chinese soybean importers visited Mitchell County, Iowa.
  • In February 2012, after a 27 year hiatus, Xi Jinping revisited Muscatine, stating “coming here is really like coming back home.” At an official dinner in Des Moines, the governor of Iowa toasted Xi saying “Iowa farmers are proud to harvest safe and reliable agricultural products for use by the people of China.” During the visit, U.S. companies Cargill Inc. and the Archer-Daniels-Midland Co. signed contracts to export $4.3 billion worth of soybeans to China.
  • In 1985, Xi Jinping (age 31) led a small animal feed delegation from Hebei province to study American agriculture and paid a 3-day visit to the town of Muscatine (pop. 23,000), eastern Iowa. As of 2011, Iowa was the top US soybean producer at 466 million metric tons or 12.7% of output.
  • In 1983, Hebei Province became an Iowan sister-state.
  • In 1980, Xi Jinping’s father, Xi Zhongxun visited Iowa to learn about the state’s agriculture industry.

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