This past week, Mexico imposed tariffs on U.S. pork. That’s on top of a 25 percent additional duty implemented by China on April 2. Both of these moves are retaliation for the U.S. duties on steel and aluminum imports. National Pork Producers Council President Jim Heimerl says the toll is mounting on Rural America. “Mexico is the number two export market for U.S. pork and China is number three. We appreciate all of the trade issues the Administration is balancing, but we’re taking on water fast.” The NPPC says the pork industry isn’t throwing rocks at the Administration, but the trade disputes are a serious issue. Nicollet, Minnesota farmer Jim Compart and other members of the NPPC board met with USDA Undersecretary Greg Ibach at World Pork Expo and made their case on important issues, like trade. “There are a lot of dynamics going into this. We need to patient, but it is painful right now.”
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