New CARD policy report on US-China ag relations

October 12, 2021

Wendong ZhangThe relationship between the United States and China may be at its lowest point in recent history, but both countries continue to need each other to achieve strategic goals in agriculture, food production and food security.

This message reverberates through a new policy report, “Finding Firmer Ground: The role of Agricultural Cooperation in US.–China Relations” by Wendong Zhang, associate professor of economics at Iowa State University, and Minghao Li, assistant professor of economics, applied statistics and international business at New Mexico State University, previously with the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) at Iowa State. Their white paper was commissioned by the U.S. Heartland China Association (USHCA) and the Carter Center with additional support from the Ford Foundation, the Henry Luce Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute for Food and Agriculture. Zhang is a member of the USHCA Agriculture Committee.

“We were thinking about what the agricultural sector can do to improve U.S. – China relations in the current situation and the path forward to cooperate despite the political rhetoric in both countries,” said Zhang, who was born in Shandong Province in China.

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