NPPC is pleased with USMCA progress

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) is praising the Trump administration and Congress for reaching a deal on the US Mexico Canada Agreement.   

Maria Zieba, director of international affairs with the NPPC, says the agreement provides pork producers with much needed certainty.

“Given how much pork Canada and Mexico purchase it’s so important to continue to have that longevity and continue to have an agreement with Canada and Mexico that really fortify those wins and successes,” she says.

Last year, Canada and Mexico imported 40 percent of the pork that was exported from the US.

The House could vote on the USMCA as soon as next week.

“We are going to be doing a lot to make sure that they hear from our producers and that members of Congress understand the importance of passing the USMCA by the end of the year,” she says.

Zieba tells Brownfield today’s announcement has been beneficial for producers.

“It helps producers and underscores the benefit of the administration and Congress working together to ratify something through bipartisan support,” she says.

US pork exports to Canada and Mexico support 16,000 US jobs. Last year US pork exports to Mexico totaled $1.3 billion and export to Canada totaled $765 million.

Audio: Maria Zieba, National Pork Producers Council

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