By Tim Leeds 

Baucus announces advances in beef trade agreements


Montana's U. S. Sen. Max Baucus announced Wednesday two advances in exporting U. S. beef, advances the senator said could bring major benefits to Montana ranchers and businesses.

Baucus said in a press release that the U. S. Department of Agriculture has made a commitment to use $1 million in 2011 to promote U. S. beef sales in South Korea, and that U. S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said Wednesday that President Barack Obama's newsroom is ready to begin technical discussions on implementing a free trade agreement with Columbia.

Baucus said Kirk also made a commitment to continue to work...

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