World Pork Expo, held each June in Des Moines, hosts about 20,000 visitors over three days, including individuals and exhibitors from ASF positive regions. | Screencap via

World Pork Expo cancelled due to African swine fever

The National Pork Producers Council in the United States has cancelled the World Pork Expo planned for June in Des Moines, Iowa, because of fears of spreading African swine fever. The council’s board of directors took the unprecedented move in recognition that ASF continues to spread in China and other parts of Asia, as well […] Read more

The pork industry has determined that a lot of consumers don’t know how to cook its product.  |  Getty images

Pork industry strives for consumer simplicity

National Pork Board in the United States works with meal kit providers to supply consumers with ready-to-cook products

DES MOINES, Iowa — People don’t know how to prepare and cook pork. So now the food and pork industries are preparing it for them and showing them how to cook it. The U.S. pork industry is working with “meal kit” providers to help supply ready-to-cook, pork-based ingredient packages to consumers’ doors. “It’s a great […] Read more

Hog farmers and pork industry players were upset, dismayed and angry at the World Pork Expo.
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‘We are bleeding’: U.S. hog producer

DES MOINES, Iowa — Hog farmers and pork industry players were upset, dismayed and angry at the World Pork Expo. They became the first victims of retaliation by Mexico and China for United States President Donald Trump’s tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum, and they didn’t hide their suffering. “We are bleeding,” said Ohio hog […] Read more

Bewilderment, sadness and outrage: mood of US farmers in trade war

World Pork Expo happening as trade war escalates

There’s a fraught mood hanging over the World Pork Expo, at least if the leaders of the U.S. National Pork Producers Council are any sign. They just finished a press conference with a room full of reporters and I’d sum up the feelings about the U.S.-launched trade war, and the resulting Mexican and Chinese retaliation […] Read more

‘Significant differences’ hinder U.S.-EU trade talks

The National Pork Producers Council wants trade representatives to focus on bilateral deals with Japan, Malaysia or Vietnam

DES MOINES, Iowa — In early June, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said he’s open to restarting free trade talks with the European Union. Those talks have been stalled since last fall, when Americans elected Donald Trump as president. Ross may be willing to resume negotiations, but the National Pork Producers Council in the United […] Read more

American fruit and vegetable farms rely on foreign workers, and industries are pressuring politicians to push the White House to adopt a more acceptable policy on immigration.  |   Reuters photo

U.S. industry fears immigration policy will hike labour shortage

DES MOINES, Iowa — The irony is hard to ignore. Rural Americans strongly supported Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, partly because of his hard-line stance on immigrants and threats to build a wall at the Mexican border. Meanwhile, farmers and businesspeople in rural America rely heavily on immigrant labour. In fact, many farms […] Read more

Two Asian visitors to the World Pork Expo check out one of the thousands of displays and hundreds of promotional booths. The three-day event is the largest hog industry event in North American and brings in more than 2,000 attendees, including more than 1,000 from outside the United States. Hundreds of Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec farmers and hog industry suppliers attend the show every year.   |  Ed White photo

Hog industry support for TPP has little influence on policy-makers

DES MOINES, Iowa — The U.S. hog industry’s reaction to the Trans-Pacific Partnership is a mix of frustration and annoyance with flashes of outrage and a touch of guarded optimism. All major components of the U.S. industry, from pig production to slaughter to food processing, have lobbied hard for the Pacific Rim trade deal, but widespread […] Read more

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VIDEO: Hog outlook optimistic

DES MOINES, Iowa — Hog farmers should have good profits this year, weaker profits next year and a rebound in 2018, a leading U.S. market analyst told farmers at the World Pork Expo. However, in the complicated mathematics of hog production economics, a number of factors could substantially alter that profitability forecast. Steve Meyer of […] Read more

Canada has taken steps to phase out gestation stalls, but the situation in the United States has been described as wide open.  |  File photo

Sow stalls not dead yet as farmers unconvinced

Many U.S. producers won’t bow to pressure | Major hog show features equipment for both stalls and open housing

DES MOINES, Iowa — Traditional sow gestation stalls are still being built, despite public momentum to halt the practice of keeping sows confined during pregnancy, industry insiders said at the World Pork Expo. “By no means are we seeing all new construction … moving in that direction (away from gestation crates),” U.S. National Pork Producers […] Read more

New crop feedgrain prices could rise if a hot, dry summer stresses U.S. corn with poor root development.  |  File photo

Unusual weather patterns put feedgrain prices at risk

La Nina year? Market analysts warn corn and soybean yields may fall short with poor weather, driving up prices for livestock feeders

DES MOINES, Iowa — Normal growing conditions would give livestock feeders bigger corn and soybean crops this year, along with lower feedgrain prices and less worry about supply. However, counting on “normal” or “average” weather is a risky proposition, a leading weather expert and a respected market analyst told farmers at the World Pork Expo […] Read more