Coronavirus has put a damper on the global economy. National Pork Board President David Newman says that is a big issue with 30 percent of the U.S. swine herd going into export markets. “The timing was not good,” said Newman. “Coming off the China phase one trade deal and the Chinese New Year, pork export demand was through the roof and then coronavirus shut down China.” Nemanan previously served as the Extension swine specialist at North Dakota State University. Newman now has a similar role at Arkansas State and is involved in his family’s livestock operation there. That’s in addition to his leadership role on the 15-member National Pork Board.
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