China to allow U.S. pears

An agreement in principle has been reached between the United States and China to allow the first U.S. fresh pears into that country next year and a third variety of pears from China, Sand pears, into the U.S. The Pacific Northwest pear industry has been working for access to China for 18 years. It expects

Prospects advance for U.S. rice exports to China

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) office in Beijing received a draft phytosanitary protocol from Chinese plant health officials covering prospective exports of U.S.-grown rice to China. A translation of the document has been sent to APHIS headquarters in Riverdale, Md., for review and assessment and to formulate a response. The U.S. rice industry has been