Speedy conclusion to US-China ‘trade tensions’ could foster farming innovation

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It would be a timely piece of good news for American farmers if the United States and China could reach a deal to defuse bilateral trade tensions before the Spring planting season, a U.S. soybean farmer has said.

“Everybody hopes both of our countries (reach) an agreement, and our trade gets back to normal and even becomes better,” [said Rick Kimberley, president of Kimberley Farms Inc.], who has been to China 19 times in recent years to talk about precision farming and other tricks of his trade.

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The 69-year-old farmer was very glad he could help promote the agricultural cooperation between the two countries as “a citizen ambassador of friendship.”

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After all, China is now the largest market for U.S. agricultural exports while the United States is China’s largest supplier, he said, adding the two countries’ agriculture cooperation has actually entered a new level from his own experiences.

North China’s Hebei Province, Iowa’s sister state, is building a farm based on the model of the Kimberley’s farm, showcasing their ways of farming that include everything from grid sampling soils to using GPS and biotechnology seeds.

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