Cows by a fence (photo: Happy Fence Friday, Larry Brown)

Missouri Agriculture Director Chris Chinn says Japan is a country holding a lot of promise for American agriculture. She’s responding to news about the U.S. and Japan coming to a preliminary trade agreement. According to the department, Japan is the third highest export market, accounting for $209 million.

Gov. Mike Parson says the deal would also improve digital trade.

In a statement from Missouri U.S. Senator Roy Blunt, he says the deal would reduce or toss out tariffs on $7 billion in U.S. ag products. Blunt says he hopes the step will pave the way for a comprehensive trade agreement with Japan.

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