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International tastes for U.S. beef is good business for Midwest cattle producers

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It's no secret here in the Midwest, one of our biggest industries is agriculture.

But several local producers tells us they hope what grows here doesn't stay here.

KSFY News spoke with cattle producers who plan to sell local beef in the international marketplace.

While many of us enjoy a nice sizzling steak right off the grill, there also are some parts of a cow that might not whet your appetite like tongue or liver.

But just because we don't like it, doesn't meant that someone else around the world isn't willing to pay top dollar for what we won't eat.

It's been in the same family for more than one hundred years.

Monday, it welcomed meat importers from around the world to give them a taste of what they are buying for their customers in Asia and the former Soviet Union.

Cattlemen's Beef Board Iowa director  Ken Pruismann said "this is kind of where it all starts at we get people here, see what we do, we raise the safest supply in the world, the next step is they start buying , it's a long process but it has to start somewhere."

"Tongue is not something that we consume a lot of in this country but in visits that we did there, had the opportunity to see tongue in a display case priced at $23 a pound. That was a real message for me as a producer back here in iowa, to say 'wow, this works.'"

There are twelve international trade teams of meat buyers touring the U.S. right now.

And the cattle producers tell me it was an honor for two of those teams to choose Iowa as one of their stops.
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