May 05, 2014

Warner, Kaine Praise Lifting Of China’s Ban On Virginia Poultry

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine praised the announcement that Virginia poultry exports will resume to the People’s Republic of China after seven years. In March, Warner and Kaine wrote to Ambassador Max Baucus encouraging him to support efforts to end the ban on Virginia poultry exports, which has cost Virginia poultry producers millions of dollars in lost export opportunities annually.

“This is great news for Virginia poultry growers,” said Warner and Kaine. “We applaud the hard work of Governor McAuliffe, the Virginia Poultry Federation and USDA APHIS to ensure that decisions about trade policy and public health are made with the best scientific data. This is long-overdue news for Virginia’s agriculture industry and the benefits will be felt across the Commonwealth’s economy.”

The poultry industry in Virginia supports tens of thousands of jobs and more than 1,100 farms.