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Rice industry hopeful for open access to Chinese market

The US rice industry is hopeful an eventual trade deal with China will mean open access for US rice into the country.

Chris Crutchfield, CEO of a California-based rice handling company says China is the world’s largest consumer and importer of rice.  “There’s a vast market there that is untapped for American rice farmers, millers, and exporters,” he says.  “And it certainly holds a lot of promise for us.”

He tells Brownfield the Chinese rice market wasn’t open to the US until February of this year.  But that didn’t prevent the industry from being hit with retaliatory duties.  “There was a 25 percent tariff put on US rice,” he says.  “Even though no US rice has ever been legally exported to China.”

Officials from the US and China are scheduled to meet Thursday and Friday for another round of trade talks.

AUDIO: Chris Crutchfield, American Commodity Company

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