Where Is Pork Trade Going? How are pork free trade agreements working and what are the opportunities for pork producers? Laurie Hueneke, Director, International Trade Policy, Sanitary and Technical Affairs, National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), provides information about the pork exports and how global policies affect trade. Laurie details specific free trade agreements in place and some of the issues and successes in various parts of the world.
While the U.S. and Canada joust on issues like mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) and cross-border trade, the need for protein around the world should forge closer ties in the future. National Pork Producers Council President R. C. Hunt talks with Farmscape.ca's Bruce Cochrane.
While it may not happen as quickly as hoped, NPPC Vice President and Counsel for International Affairs, Nick Giordano, fully expects a Korean free trade deal and outlines its importance to the U.S. agricultural industry.
It's frustrating to see the administration hoist the export flag, setting the goal of doubling U.S. exports in five years (which has never happened before) while congress sits on their respective... hands when it comes to critical free trade agreements ready to sign.
A National Pork Producers Council release noted, "Just this week, an ad hoc coalition of agricultural and food organizations urged members of Congress to work with the Obama administration to remove any remaining impediments to a 'rapid implementation' of the free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea.