The nation’s U.S. soybean imports have gotten most of the headlines in the agricultural world in the last year or so, but China’s shaping up to become the largest buyer of U.S. beef on the global market in the coming months and years, thereby providing a much-needed demand factor for U.S. ranchers and beef companies, one analyst says. The nation’s economy continues to grow, and a larger middle class is demanding beef as disposable incomes rise. There are also some major production issues in other nations like Australia, who’s historically been a considerable beef trading partner with China. But, meeting Chinese beef demand may require U.S. processors to make adjustments to accommodate consumer trends there, which differ considerably from the U.S. See more on China’s beef demand and what the U.S. can do to meet it.