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Michigan’s pork industry exports more than a quarter of production every year
On this week’s Ag Report on Greening of the Great Lakes, Mary Kelpinski, Chief Executive Officer of the Michigan Pork Producers Association discusses the positive impact of trade agreements for Michigan’s pig farmers, and U.S. agriculture as a whole.
“During the past decade, the United States has become the number one exporter of pork products in the world, with more than a quarter of our production going to overseas markets,” says Kelpinski. “Michigan’s pork industry is responsible for more than $100 million in exports every year, primarily to our trading partners in Canada and Mexico.”
Kelpinski says in the two decades since the North American Free Trade Agreement was ratified, U.S. agriculture is exporting more than four times as much to those nations, and Michigan has shared in those benefits. In addition, Asia and the Pacific Rim are important emerging markets for the pork industry, as the growth of the middle class throughout the region means that people will demand more animal protein.
“Exports are a bright spot in America’s agriculture sector, a positive influence on the nation’s trade balance sheet, and an engine to grow the U.S. economy. We support efforts to maintain strong international markets that benefit Michigan farmers, and encourage policy leaders to do the same,” she says.
The Ag Report on Greening of the Great Lakes is brought to you by the Agricultural Leaders of Michigan. It airs weekly on News/Talk 760 WJR and features voices from Michigan’s growing agriculture sector.