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

November 23, 2015
China is the world's fourth largest dairy producer, and a major importer, primarily of powdered milk.
November 19, 2015
China is the world’s leading producer of apples, pears, and table grapes, comprising roughly 55%, 77%, and 44% of total output respectively.
November 11, 2015
The massive surge in imports of cheaper alternative feed ingredients has significantly impacted feed demand for corn in recent years according to official statistics and industry analysts.
November 10, 2015
This monthly report includes data on U.S. and global trade, production, consumption and stocks, as well as analysis of developments affecting world trade in cotton.