Uplifting trends in US pork Industry spotlighted

USAgNet - 09/25/2023

It was a week for the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), as members actively participated in significant events and discussions. A prominent highlight was Randy Spronk, a past president of NPPC, testifying before the House Subcommittee on the importance of renewing the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program. The GSP is crucial, aiding developing nations while opening new markets for U.S. pork.

Meanwhile, key NPPC members attended the Leman Swine Conference, focusing on science-driven solutions for the swine industry’s challenges. This gathering was crucial for industry veterans to discuss pressing issues such as African swine fever, secure food systems, and gene editing. The conference also provided a platform for international interactions, fostering discussions about the U.S. pork trade with countries combatting African swine fever.

In more encouraging news, July saw U.S. pork exports maintaining their record pace, indicating a flourishing trend in the industry. The growth was especially prominent with Mexico leading the charts as the prime destination, and substantial increases noted in smaller markets like Australia, New Zealand, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. This growth in exports is a positive signal for producers, contributing to a substantial part of the total pork production.

The week’s developments showcased NPPC’s continuous advocacy for beneficial trade policies and the ongoing dialogues to address industry challenges. Moreover, the sustained growth in pork exports illustrates a promising trajectory for U.S. pork producers.

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