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China opens door to Malheur beef

By Pat Caldwell

The Enterprise

VALE — A new trade pact inked earlier this month could help ranchers in Malheur County and across the nation.

For the first time in more than 10 years American beef producers will gain access to markets in China and more than a billion customers under the terms of the agreement announced earlier this month.

China banned U.S. beef imports in 2003 after a case of mad cow disease in an American cow.

“I think it will benefit the whole beef industry. We will get to sell more beef overseas and I would . . .