Russia, U.S. sign pact on cooperation in agriculture

by Emily Buckley
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WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S. — Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture Alexei Gordeyev and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman have signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in agriculture.

Veneman said the agreement would lay the groundwork for mutually beneficial, cooperative activities in a number of areas, including investment in agriculture; veterinary and phytosanitary activities; animal and plant genetics and biotechnology; joint agricultural research, extension and education; agricultural policy and development of rural areas; and sustainable agriculture development.

Last year, two-way trade in agricultural, fish and forestry products between the United States and Russia totaled U.S.$1 billion, primarily in meat and seafood.