A record-setting trade show, expanded seminar lineup, elite swine shows, and an abundance of delicious pork are all part of the 2018 World Pork Expo, June 6-8, at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. Presented by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) since 1987, Expo has become the must-see event for anyone involved in the U.S. or global pork business.
Just days ahead of the World Pork Expo, Mexico announced punitive tariffs starting at ten percent and escalating to 20 percent next month on unprocessed pork. Mexico is the largest export market for U.S. pork, representing nearly 25 percent of all U.S. pork exports.
Josh Trenary, Indiana Pork Executive Director, spoke with HAT from the Expo and said the news hasn’t dampened the mood.
“I’d say the mood of the Expo is, overall, pretty positive. Obviously, everybody is concerned anytime there’s trade retaliation that’s causing problems, but pork producers, on the whole, want to be good soldiers in this fight more to make sure that we’re doing our part for good outcomes across the board. (We) just hope that we can resolve any trade disputes so that we’re not harming US pork producers and their family.”
Hear the full interview with Trenary by hitting the play button above.