State Senator Torrey Westrom

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This Wednesday, January 15, Senator Torrey Westrom (R-Elbow Lake), Chair of the Minnesota Senate Agriculture, Rural Development, and Housing Finance Committee, will join President Donald J. Trump and other leaders at the White House for the signing of the landmark Phase One United States-China trade agreement. The historic trade deal impacts numerous areas of the United States and Minnesota economies including agriculture, financial services, technology transfer, intellectual property, and more.

“President Trump’s invitation to this signing ceremony recognizes the importance of this trade agreement to Minnesota’s agriculture community,” said Senator Westrom. “From low commodity prices to severe weather, Minnesota farmers have been struggling. This trade agreement is great news at the right time. Through removing trade barriers and expanding markets, this agreement will be more fair to U.S. interests, promote Greater Minnesota job growth, and benefit nearly every sector of agriculture in our state.”

Senator Mark Johnson (R-East Grand Forks), Vice Chair of the Agriculture, Rural Development, and Housing Finance Committee, will join Senator Westrom at the signing ceremony. The White House heralded the agreement as “a dramatic expansion” of U.S. food and agriculture exports including the areas of meat, poultry, rice, dairy, infant formula, horticultural products, animal feed and feed additives, pet food, and products of agriculture biotechnology.

“All Minnesotans and farmers should benefit from President Trump's steadfast determination to get a better, fairer trade deal with China,” added Senator Westrom. “This is a big deal for Minnesota’s farmers and producers and the President should be celebrated and applauded for his hard work in achieving this agreement.”