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China in World Trade Organization Would be an Economic Boost for Missouri Farmers

November 18, 1999
By: Kyle Elfrink
State Capital Bureau
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Allowing China in the World Trade Organization would mean a major boost for Missouri farmers. Kyle Elfrink has the story from Jefferson City.

This week's agreement between the U-S and China cleared a major hurdle in getting China admitted to the World Trade Organization. Kelly Gillepsi of Missouri's Chamber of Commerce says that if China gained admittance, Missouri farmers would come out winners ...

Actuality:GILLEP6
RunTime: 15
OutCue: "THEM TO."
Contents: GILLEPSI SAYS HAVING A LESS RESTRAINING CHINESE MARKET WOULD ERODE SURPLUSES OF MISSOURI FARMERS AND RAISE PRICES.

A meeting of the World Trade Organization later this month in Seattle will look into allowing China to become a member.

From the state capital, I'm Kyle Elfrink.


Allowing China into the World Trade Organization would benefit Missouri farmers and businesses. Kyle Elfrink has the story from Jefferson City.

Admitting China to the group, would further open a major world market to Missouri farmers and businesses. That's according to Kelly Gillepsie of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce ...

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RunTime: 12
OutCue: "CONSUMER MARKET."
Contents: GILLEPSIE MISSOURI FARMERS AND BUSINESSES WOULD THEN HAVE BROAD ACCESS TO CHINA'S MAJOR CONSUMER MARKET.

Currently, Missouri farmers ship close to 150-million dollars of products to China each year. Gillepsie says that number could triple if China enters the World Trade Organization.

From the state capital, I'm Kyle Elfrink.


After the recent agreement between the U-S and China, Missouri farmers are hoping that the World Trade Organization accepts China into their group. Kyle Elfrink has that story from Jefferson City.

Kelly Gillepsie of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce says that allowing China into the organization would be a huge benefit to Missouri farmers ...

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RunTime: 08
OutCue: "3 TO 5 YEARS."
Contents: GILLEPSIE SAYS FARMERS WOULD SEE A MAJOR BOOST THE AMOUNT OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS THEY WOULD SHIP TO CHINA EACH YEAR.

Gillepsie also says that soybean exports would get a major boost ...

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RunTime: 07
OutCue: "BIG WINNER."
Contents: GILLEPSIE SAYS ALL MISSOURI FARMERS WOULD BENEFIT, BUT SOYBEAN FARMERS WOULD BE THE BIG WINNER.

If China's membership is approved, Missouri farmers could expect an open Chinese marketplace in 12 to 18 months.

From the state capital, I'm Kyle Elfrink.