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Latest mad cow scare could cost Missouri farmers.

November 18, 2004
By: Evan Godt
State Capital Bureau

The USDA's announcement of a possible second case of mad cow disease could cost Missouri's farmers. Evan Godt (Got) has more from Jefferson City.

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An already hesitant world market might be scared away from U.S. beef by this latest suspected case.

Many countries, like Japan, stopped importing beef from the U.S. after the first case last year.

Brent Bryant is Excecutive Vice President of Missouri Cattlemen's Association. Bryant says foreign exports are important to Missouri farmers.

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Contents: We don't export a significant amount of beef directly from Missouri, but our customers do as far as feed lots and packing plants so reopening the Japanese market is very important to us in Missouri.

An open beef trade with Japan would be worth about $1.4 billion to the U.S. annually.

From the state Capitol, I'm Evan Godt.

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The USDA's announcement of a possible second case of mad cow disease could end hopes of reestablishing trade with Japan. Evan Godt (Got) has more from Jefferson City.

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An already hesitant world market might be scared away from U.S. beef by this latest suspected case.

Many countries, like Japan, stopped importing beef from the U.S. after the first case last year.

While Missouri didn't export directly, they sent feeder cattle to other states to trade with Japan, which makes the market valuable to Missouri farmers.

Talks had begun to reopen trade prior to the discovery. The Japanese consulate in Kansas City declined to comment until more is known about this second case.

An open beef trade with Japan would be worth about $1.4 billion to the U.S. annually.

From the state Capitol, I'm Evan Godt.