Organic Sales Higher and China Buys Soy and Pork
**Farmers, restaurants and their customers will all benefit from improved trade among the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
That's according to a coalition of California ag groups, restaurants and chefs who sent a letter to the California congressional delegation urging approval for the USMCA.
The letter says the new agreement would benefit California farmers by improving market access in Mexico and Canada, and would benefit restaurants by assuring availability of high-quality ingredients and affordable dining experiences.
**Although the total value of U.S. ag sales remained relatively flat between 2012 and 2017, U.S. organic sales more than doubled to $7.3 billion.
According to agrimarketing.com, agricultural sales averaged over $400-thousand for organic operations in 2017, more than double the average agricultural sales for all farms.
The organic share of U.S. ag sales doubled to 2 percent during that time, and was over 6 percent in some States.
California was the top State in both organic and overall ag sales.
**China will support the continued purchase of a certain amount of U.S. farm products, including soybeans and pork.
That's according to a Chinese news agency.
Agriculture.com reports, China's Customs Tariff Commission will continue to exclude those agricultural products from additional tariffs.
The development comes after the United States had removed tariffs from over 400 Chinese products in response to requests from U.S. companies.