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U.S. to host first agricultural symposium with China

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping and Minister of Agriculture Han Changfu will visit Des Moines next Thursday for the first U.S.-China Agricultural Symposium.

Noting that he had visited China for the second time in November, Vilsack said he and Chinese officials developed the symposium as a way to expand their discussions this year and beyond. Other U.S. and Chinese government and industry officials will participate in the forum, he said.

The symposium, to take place at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates in Des Moines, will focus on cooperation between the two nations in areas including food safety, food security and sustainable agriculture.

In 2011, China emerged as the number one market for U.S. agricultural goods, purchasing $20 billion in U.S. agricultural exports, USDA noted in the news release.