Minnesota Pork Producers Association CEO David Preisler says trade uncertainty is the biggest driver in the hog market. Pork exports to China have dried up. “A 62 percent tariff is going to do that. That means probably $10-to-$12 a head difference. Would that put us completely back in the black? No, but it would get us a long way there.” Preisler says the NAFTA deal is even more important for hog producers than trade with China. “From a volume standpoint, Mexico is our number one customer of U.S. pork. Today, we sell about half of all the ham we produce in the U.S. to Mexico.”
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