China's Next Steps

The market for U.S. ag exports to China soared over the last decade, but now is declining. At the same time, Chinese state-supported business interests are buying major agricultural companies as part of the country's economic plan. What does this mean for U.S. farmers who have become more reliant on China as an export market as China begins importing more technology? DTN gives an in-depth look.

China's Next Steps - 1

Chinese businesses' growing investment in food companies and food production shows the country's commitment to have more control over its food needs.

A Chinese grower displays his seed corn choice in a village of Shandong province. Pioneer is one of the multinationals having success marketing inputs. (Photo courtesy of DuPont Pioneer)

China's Next Steps -- 2

Many of the same companies that supply U.S. crop inputs also serve the Chinese food and agriculture sector, but it's still a challenging market.

Massey Ferguson Global tractors wait outside the Changzhou, China, factory opened by AGCO in 2015. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Jim Patrico)

China's Next Steps - 3

Exports of farm equipment from U.S. companies have slowed, but assembly by Chinese workers increases for some companies.

A barge on the Mississippi River is being prepped to load distillers dried grains onto an export ship. Ethanol and grain experts say the price of corn and DDGS is heavily influenced by the volume of DDGS being exported to China. (DTN photo by Chris Clayton)

China's Next Steps - 4

Although China represents the largest current and future market for U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles exports, the nation's unpredictability has become almost like an endless soap opera for ethanol producers and traders.

U.S. farmers have struggled in the past few years to export pork to China while the country continues to ban beef and poultry products. Soybeans look to remain the biggest commodity export to China. (DTN file photo by Chris Clayton)

China's Next Steps - 5

U.S. farmers would like to be the go-to seller for China in meat, soybeans and grains, but China has proven to be a fickle buyer from the U.S. Demand for meat protein is high in China, but the country maintains a ban on U.S. beef, poultry and eggs while only...

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