Minnesota Farm Bureau officials are applauding a trade agreement announced by the U-S and Japan, which they say further opens agricultural markets for both nations.   Farm Bureau’s Amber Hanson Glaeser:

“The markets we lost to China, this won’t replace by any means, but I think it will help to expand for those commodities here in Minnesota that currently trade with Japan.”

Japan is Minnesota’s fourth-largest trading partner — number one in pork and beef, number two in wheat and corn.

Hanson Glaeser says they hope the U-S signing a deal with Japan will prompt China to return to the bargaining table, and also speed up approval of a trade agreement with Mexico and Canada.