In a goodwill gesture ahead of the U.S. and China trade talks next month, China is exempting U.S. soybeans and pork from new tariffs. South Dakota Pork Producers Council Executive Director Glenn Muller says this is positive news for the pork industry. “This is a good indication there is some willingness to mediate and come to a consensus that will be workable for both countries to build a long-term relationship.” Muller says this exemption is likely happening because of the expansion of African swine fever in China. Biosecurity efforts are building in the U.S. to keep the virus out of hog herds. “As of last month, China was still our number two export country behind Mexico. With this opportunity, we feel we can build on that and build levels to where they’re profitable for producers.”
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