USDA Expands Australian Market for Table Grapes
“Access to Western Australia for California table grapes had been a longstanding issue for the United States and was a priority issue within Australia,” said Secretary Tom Vilsack. “Now, through the efforts of APHIS personnel, along with their Australian counterparts, U.S. table grapes can enter into Western Australia under the same conditions as they enter into the rest of Australia.”
The Obama Administration, with Agriculture Secretary Vilsack's leadership, has aggressively worked to expand export opportunities and reduce barriers to trade, helping to push agricultural exports to record levels. U.S. agriculture is currently experiencing its best period in history thanks to the productivity, resiliency, and resourcefulness of our producers and agribusinesses. Today, net farm income is at record levels while debt has been cut in half since the 1980s. Overall, American agriculture supports 1 in 12 jobs in the United States and provides American consumers with 83 percent of the food we consume, while maintaining affordability and choice. Strong agricultural exports contribute to a positive U.S. trade balance, create jobs, boost economic growth and support President Obama's National Export Initiative goal of doubling all U.S. exports by the end of 2014.
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