Pork exports have hit an all-time high this year with nearly 30 percent of pork products being exported.
Bill Even, CEO of the National Pork Board, says, “20 some years ago the U.S. was a net pork importer and now fast forward to 2017 and we have 27% of our product moving oversees. That is the reason why we’re getting the new packing plants built and why we’re getting the new barns built in the countryside- it’s an incredible growth story.”
He tells Brownfield that growth in the pork industry is possible with trade agreements like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
“We contribute to the U.S. trade balance in a positive fashion and people love our products,” he says.
As pork supplies increase, Even says strong trade remains vital to producers’ bottom line. He says that’s why the organization is working to increase both domestic and global demand for US pork.
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