INDIANAPOLIS — U.S. pork is one of America’s most competitive export products, providing significant economic benefits for farmers here in Indiana and around the country. Rural America is facing challenges on many fronts, including trade uncertainty with some of U.S. agriculture’s biggest markets. The U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement provides much-needed certainty to pork producers and all of agriculture. The Indiana Pork Producers Association urges Congress to ratify USMCA as soon as possible.
“Tariff-free access to the Canadian and Mexican markets is vital to export-dependent hog producers,” said Nick Maple, president of the Indiana Pork Producers Association, a member of the Indiana Pork Advocacy Coalition and a partner in Maple Acres, Kokomo, IN. “We urge our lawmakers to support USMCA, which will benefit farmers across our state and throughout the nation.”
Last year, Canada and Mexico took over 40 percent of the pork that was exported from the United States and a similar percentage is expected this year. U.S. pork exports to Canada and Mexico support 16,000 U.S. jobs. Last year, U.S. pork exports to Mexico totaled $1.3 billion and exports to Canada totaled $765 million.
— Indiana Pork Producers Association
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