The North Dakota Pork Council met Friday in Devils Lake for its annual meeting. National Pork Board Chief Executive Officer Bill Even spoke at the event. Even, who previously served as the South Dakota secretary of agriculture, told RRFN that he sees opportunity for hog production in the region. U.S. hog numbers are at record highs. That supply, combined with the significant increase in tariffs, has pressured the hog trade. “China bought over a billion dollars of U.S. pork last year and a lot of that product was things we don’t usually eat in the U.S., like pigs feet. With that market dried up, the pork producers of this country are scrambling to try to find somewhere else to export that product.” The pork cutout has dropped significantly, which has also influenced the cash hog market.