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China trade mission could open door for exporting local beef

Producers say the China market could offer huge potential for sales. (The Enterprise/Les Zaitz)

Nathan Jackson returned recently from China, persuaded Oregon’s cattle producers can build a huge new market.

Jackson, president of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, said the quality of Oregon beef will be a key selling ingredient.

But he said Oregon has another advantage: Alexis Taylor.

Taylor is director of the state Agriculture Department and recently led the Oregon trade mission to China that included a focus on beef. She has foreign trade experience from her prior career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Taylor opened important doors for Oregon’s ag industry, Jackson said.

“It’s clear Alexis is well respected,” Jackson said.

And it is relationships that will help get Oregon beef . . .