FTA passage urged by US pork council
The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has urged
the US Congress to support the job-promoting Free Trade Agreements with South
Korea, Colombia, Peru and Panama.
This message was made clear at last week's World Pork Expo, in Des Moines,
The deals will eliminate tariffs and barriers to trade that
currently limit US pork products from going into those
In a letter sent to every member of
Congress, the council pointed out the benefits of trade to the US economy,
generally, and the pork industry, specifically.
NPPC president Jill
Appell said that, according to Iowa State University economists, pork exports,
which in 2006 accounted for 15% of domestic pork production, generated 82,500 US
jobs in the pork industry alone.
A majority of the
jobs are located in rural America. Overall, the US pork industry supports an
estimated 550,000 domestic jobs, generates more than $97.4 billion annually in
total US economic activity and contributes $34.5 billion to the US gross
The bottom line for pork producers is that pork
exports raise the price they receive for their hogs. The Free Trade Agreements
with South Korea, Colombia, Peru and Panama, when fully implemented, will raise
US live hog prices per head by $10, $1.63, 83 cents and 20 cents,
"Pork exports have contributed
greatly to the profitability of US pork producers in recent years," said
"NPPC urges to support the trade agreements with the Republic
of Korea, Colombia, Peru and Panama and thereby improve the financial livelihood
of pork producers throughout the nation."
â€¢ National Pork Producers
â€¢ Iowa State
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