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U.S. farms benefit from global consumption: USTR

(Xinhua)

08:32, August 24, 2011

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- Global demands have brought growth opportunities for farms in the United States, according to a news released by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) office on Tuesday.

In the last five years, Foremost Farms USA, a farmer-owned cooperative and dairy processor headquartered in Baraboo, Wis., has noticed steady growth in demand for cheese, butter, and whey products -- particularly pharmaceutical lactose -- from overseas buyers, said the USTR.

Countries like Mexico, China, Japan, and other Asian countries value Foremost's products. Foremost Farms is also finding that its cheese is becoming increasingly popular in the Middle East, Africa, and Eastern Europe.

"The U.S. dairy industry is certainly benefiting from increased global demand for our dairy products. As the world becomes more globally connected, people are accessing foods outside their culture," said Joan Behr, director of Communications & Brand Management at Foremost Farms.

"As people are becoming acquainted with U.S. dairy products, they increasingly want to incorporate our products into their diets, which means these products must be accessible on supermarket shelves around the world on a reliable basis. Foremost is working to be a consistent supplier of dairy products not only domestically but internationally. This will allow us to be competitive in the world marketplace."

The U.S. trade authority attributed Foremost Farms' success to the Obama administration's effort to expand overseas export opportunities.

"Foremost Farms' success is just one story that motivates USTR in our efforts to provide more export opportunities for America's agricultural businesses," the USTR said. "That's why the Obama Administration launched the National Export Initiative, because exports are and will continue to be an important part of growing America's economy."

U.S. President Barack Obama launched the National export Initiative in early 2010, aiming to double the country's export by 2015 and create two million jobs within the U.S.

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