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South Dakota Organic Grower Pleased With New Trade Deal

South Dakota Organic Grower Pleased With New Trade Deal

Starting January 1, organic products certified in Japan or in the United States may be sold as organic in either country. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman says the agreement will eliminate significant barriers for small and medium sized organic producers.   South Dakota’s Organic producer of the year, Charlie Johnson who farms near Madison says this deal is very positive for America’s organic growers and is something consumers are demanding.

The organics sector in the U.S. and Japan is valued at more than $ 36 billion combined and is rising every year. Johnson says Japan is a great trading partner of the U.S. and this deal should help grow organic trade even more in the future.

Ahead of this historic agreement, U.S and Japanese technical experts conducted thorough on side audits to ensure the regulations, quality control measures, certification requirements and labeling practices of their programs were compatible.

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