U.S./China Trade & Beef Opportunities and Rural Broadband House Priority
**The year-old red meat trade provisions of the U.S.-China Phase One Trade Agreement have expanded access for U.S. beef and pork in the world's largest red meat import market.
According to the U.S. Meat Export Federation, pork and pork variety exports to China were record-large at nearly 1 million metric tons in 2020, valued at $2.28 billion.
Beef and beef variety exports to China were just under 43,000 metric tons, also a new record, up more than 300%.
**Water worries intensified for California farmers last week.
The State Water Project announced it would cut water allocations by half, to 5%, and the federal Central Valley Project said it would delay delivery of its 5% allocation to ag customers south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
The state water board also has warned water-rights holders to plan for potential shortages.
**High-speed internet will be the centerpiece of rural economic development legislation drafted by the House Ag Committee, according to chairman David Scott.
Scott tells www.agriculture.com, we’ve got to be smart and develop rural broadband as a centerpiece of our rural development because if you don’t have it there, you’re not going to have the growth and development we need.
Scott expects the committee to call a hearing on rural broadband in early April with a bipartisan bill to follow.