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Trade policies are on the agenda for President Trump’s two-day summit with the Chinese president. Trade experts say renegotiating existing trade agreements could affect Kansas.

The latest numbers from the Kansas Department of Commerce show that Kansas companies export more than $10 billion dollars worth of goods.

About half of the exports went to just three countries: Canada, Mexico and China. The state had foreign trade worth nearly $1 billion with China in 2015.

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Farm income is down in the Midwest, according to a new report from the Federal Reserve, and that’s left more farmers relying on banks.

Low prices for crops like soybeans and corn, coupled with high input costs have pushed more farmers to apply for loans. Banks, though, have tightened lending.

Nathan Kauffman with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City says there is a bright spot, though, and that’s China’s demand for American products.

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During the Chinese President's tour of the U.S. last week, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran said he wanted to make it easier for Midwest farmers to export their crops to China. As Harvest Public Media’s Jeremy Bernfeld reports, genetically modified crops have been a sticking point in the past.

A bipartisan list of 42 U.S. Senators sent a letter to President Obama urging him to discuss the approval of biotech crops with Chinese President Shee-Jin-Ping.

An upcoming trade mission to China led by Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer has been rescheduled for November.

The mission was originally scheduled to cover six cities over a 12-day period in August. Feedback from interested businesses who might accompany the mission, as well as from Chinese trade partners, suggested a November schedule would be more effective.

The itinerary has now been changed to visit five cities over nine days, from November 8 - 16.

Mayor Brewer says, "China represents a tremendous new market opportunity."

Trade Office In China To Promote Wichita Aviation

Oct 14, 2013

Mayor Carl Brewer will be in China this week, for the opening of a trade office that will promote Wichita's aviation industry.

Kansas Global Trade Services in Beijing will identify sales and opportunities for partnerships. It will also will work to connect Wichita and China businesses for parts, maintenance and other products and services.

Kansas Global Trade Services president Karyn Page says the office is a privately-funded pilot project. Its $300,00 to $500,000 budget will be funded by private sponsors in China and Wichita.

Brownback Praises Chinese Agriculture Partnership

Jul 22, 2013

Gov. Sam Brownback is celebrating an agreement between Kansas and central China's Henan province as a significant development in their trade relationship.