Columbia, Mo., – U.S. pork is one of America’s most competitive export products, providing significant economic benefits for farmers here in Missouri 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 Missouri Pork Association (MPA) 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 MPA Chairman Marcus Belshe. “We urge all lawmakers to support USMCA, which will benefit farmers across our state and throughout the nation.”
U.S. pork exports to Canada and Mexico support thousands of U.S. jobs. Plus, last year, more than 40 percent of the pork exported from the United States, valued at over $2 billion, went to Canada and Mexico. There is continued opportunity for growth, providing USMCA gets ratified.
The Missouri Pork Association represents the state’s pork producers in the areas of promotion, research, education and legislation. For more information on the association or next year’s tournament, visit www.mopork.com, or call the Missouri Pork Association office at (573) 445-8375.