WYOMING \u2013 A deal to open up the European Union (EU) to more US beef exports was met enthusiastically by Wyoming beef growers and policymakers.\r\n\r\nPresident Trump formally announced a deal to increase the export of hormone-free beef to the EU by an estimated 46% in the first year, and nearly triple the current beef exports to the 27 member nations of the EU, according to US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe announcement to increase the amount of American beef that can be sold in the European Union market is good for our ranchers, our economy and our country,\u201d said US Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo. \u201cWe produce some of the highest quality beef in the world, and I am glad\u00a0Wyoming\u00a0farmers and ranchers will have more certainty when it comes to trade. Our livestock industry is a vital piece of our economy and critical to the wellbeing of our communities.\u201d\r\n\r\nWyoming currently exports\u00a0more than $3 million\u00a0in beef and veal to the EU. The state should be well situated to reap the benefits of the new agreement thanks to a strong push by Wyoming lawmakers to pave the way for blockchain technology, which is already being used by stockmen to ensure the history and quality of Wyoming beef.\r\n\r\nThe trade deal now goes to the EU Parliament for approval. It allows American farmers to provide 35,000 tariff-free tons of hormone-free beef by the seventh year of the agreement, with an initial allocation of around 40 percent. The EU permits 45,000 tons of beef from cattle that were not treated with growth-promoting hormones before imposing tariffs.\r\n\r\nSen. John Barrasso also heralded the deal.\r\n\r\n"President Trump\u2019s announcement to expand US beef exports to the European Union couldn\u2019t come at a better time for Wyoming farmers," Barrasso said. "Agriculture is a major part of our state\u2019s economy and I applaud the President\u2019s work on securing a better deal for the American people."\r\n\r\nThe EU does produce beef but not nearly enough to match its high consumption rate. Beef is the 17th most produced food in the European Union. The US is the world\u2019s 4th largest beef exporter behind Brazil, India, and Australia.\r\n\r\nThe European Union is already an important trade and investment partner for Wyoming. The Cowboy State exported $341.7M of goods and services to the EU in 2018.