Trade obstacles persist for U.S. pork

Last Thursday, Apr. 18, the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) released its report on the impact of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Ratification of the free-trade agreement (FTA) could improve the situation for U.S. pork exports, which have seen a sharp drop this past [...]

Livestock and poultry populations up over 2 percent YOY

There were nearly 12.0 million head of cattle on feed as of Apr. 1, up 2 percent year over year and a recent record. March’s cold, wet weather in parts of the Plains and Midwest contributed to the higher number. May-Aug numbers should decline [...]

Tariffs raise questions over pork exports & feed demand

If the retaliatory tariffs set on U.S. pork products by some top destinations continue, corn export demand will feel a hit this year, pressuring prices. There is even speculation that pork prices could fall below their production cost—although some relief could come from lower [...]