The agreement announced on Friday Beijing time appears a step toward easing discord between the world's two largest economies.
Last fall, then NC President Barb Cooksley and then NCBA President-Elect Craig Uden helped host a Chinese delegation focused on resuming market access for USA beef.
It also suggests still wider room for compromise.
Trump administration officials hailed the deal as a significant advance toward boosting US exports and closing America's trade gap with the world's second-largest economy.
"This will let China diversify, somewhat, their sources of supply and will provide a huge export market for American LNG producers", Ross told reporters at a White House briefing on Thursday, using an acronym for liquefied natural gas.
Homegrown cattle herds are not keeping pace with the rising demand in the increasingly prosperous country.
China will allow US imports of beef no later than July 16, and the United States will issue a proposed rule to allow Chinese cooked poultry to enter USA markets.
Ross called the agreement a "herculean accomplishment" and argued the deal represented the biggest accomplishment in US-China trade negotiations "in the whole history of US-China relations". "Normally trade deals are denominated in multiple years, not tens of days". American beef is a premium product that will compete with imports from other countries, not domestic farms.
"Trump is not interested in China going into the U.S. market, but the United States going into the China market", said Douglas Paal, vice-president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a Washington think tank. China will allow foreign-owned financial services firms to provide credit rating services. More importantly, over the 16 years since it joined the WTO it has established a de facto state-controlled monopoly over the renminbi clearing market.
For U.S. beef producers, July 16 may replace July 4 as the day to shoot off fireworks.
North Dakota cattle producers cheered the reopening of the Chinese market to USA beef. By mid-2014, the Chinese leadership was concerned that too much capital was flowing out of China. The LNG export market is now dominated by Australia, Qatar and Malaysia.
China is already an importer of US-sourced LNG, having received 212,000 mt in 2016 and 420,000 mt so far in 2017, according to Platts Analytics, through a combination of spot deals and long-term contracts with portfolio suppliers.
Ross said there should be an impact on China's trade surplus with the United States by the end of the year.
Kohls added Chinese consumers are interested in certain cuts that Americans don't eat, like tongue and intestines.
Shares of liquefied natural gas (LNG) company Cheniere Energy LNG.A were up 4.7 percent.
Tyson Foods Inc, Cargill Inc and JBS are among the biggest exporters of US meat.
Vice commerce minister Yu Jianhua, one of China's top trade negotiators, was effusive in his description of the US administration, something not often heard from Beijing.
"There had been some regulatory snafus frankly on both sides of the equation which we now have cleared up", he said. "They have a great professional spirit that's worth studying".