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Challenges continue for pork exports

by Ben Nuelle LISTEN: world-of-agriculture-10-31-16

In 2014, pork exports from totaled $1.4 billion.

The state is the top exporter as well but a few challenges remain.

“A lot of it has to do with geo-political international issues,” says Becca Neppel, VP of International Marketing at the National Pork Board. “The Russian market closure to the Western Hemisphere basically didn’t affect U.S. pork producers but the EU and Canada markets.”

Neppel says they really stepped up into our really healthy markets in Asia.

Another challenge is the U.S. port situation that happened early last year.

“We lost so much trust because we weren’t able to ship product on a timely basis and we lost reliability and those things are kind of lingering.”

Neppel also adds the value of the dollar against other pork exporting countries has been higher which makes it harder to sell our product.