China is the largest international market for U.S. food and agricultural products, accounting for 20 percent of all U.S. farm exports. Since China joined the World Trade Organization in late 2001, U.S.agricultural exports to the country have grown exponentially – and FAS projects that long-term growth will continue. U.S. farm exports to China (including Hong Kong) reached a record $29.9 billion in fiscal year 2014, with top products including soybeans, distillers' grains, hides and skins, tree nuts, coarse grains, cotton and beef.

The United States and China enjoy a history of collaboration in agriculture that dates back to the 1970s. Over the years, the U.S.-China agricultural relationship has grown and strengthened through high-level fora such as the 2012 Agricultural Symposium and the Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade

The United States' engagement with China has encouraged that country to adhere to international standards and to adopt rational, forward-looking agricultural policies that benefit both U.S. and Chinese producers and consumers.

Plan of Strategic Cooperation in Agriculture

Data & Analysis

October 5, 2015
China is a major producer of sugar, the largest importer, and the third largest consumer of sugar in the world.
October 2, 2015
In addition to China’s growing demand for oilseed products, the low price of soybeans is expected to push China’s soybean imports to exceed 76 million tons in MY14/15, up from the 70.4 million tons...
September 30, 2015
Post forecasts China’s MY2015/16 raisin production at 190,000 tons, an increase of 5 percent over USDA’s MY2014/15 official estimate.
September 30, 2015
Post forecasts China’s MY 2015/16 inshell walnut production at one million metric tons, an increase of 11 percent over MY 2014/15...