Philippines: An Emerging Market for U.S. Pork

Monthly Market Highlight The United States is the largest supplier of agricultural products to the Philippines and an increasingly important source of pork and pork products. The U.S. and the Philippines have a long trade history that spans over 100 years, however, today many U.S. products face harsh tariffs upon import. Association of Southeast Asian […]

Honduras: A Developing Market for U.S. Pork

Monthly Market Highlight The United States has been a primary trading partner of Honduras for years, but economic growth in the Central American nation has allowed for an increase in export opportunities. The growth of the food processing industry, as well as development in the hotel, restaurant, and retail sectors have created more demand for […]

Unpacking the Packing Process

I had the opportunity to head to Windom, Minnesota to take a tour of the pig processing plant located there. It was a great chance to take a look behind the scenes of Comfrey Farm Prime Pork and experience such an important process in the pork industry. A whole new world This was an entirely […]

Chile: A Promising Market for U.S. Pork

Monthly Market Highlight In the past decade, Chile has become a growing destination for not only pork but many U.S. goods. The United States-Chile Free Trade Agreement has helped open and develop markets between the two countries since its adoption in 2004. After the elimination of all tariffs in 2015, exports to Chile have grown […]

#RealPigFarming Student Social Forces Application

The National Pork Board is looking for the next #RealPigFarming Student Social Forces team. Students will be expected to advocate for #RealPigFarming — a platform uniting pig farmers, academics, youth, veterinarians and allied industry members to discuss how modern pork production really works. Selected students who meet defined milestones will be eligible for a $500 scholarship. […]

Biosecurity for Youth Exhibitors

In light of the global spread of African swine fever (ASF) that could have a devastating effect on the pork industry, the National Pork Board has developed a toolkit with materials related to biosecurity and foreign animal diseases for the show pig industry. The many layers of biosecurity can be overwhelming. While education and training […]

Defining Our 2020 International Marketing Priorities

The National Pork Board recognizes the important role that international marketing of U.S. pork plays in producer profitability and the ability of the pork industry to grow in the future. Pork exports accounted for 25.7 percent of total 2018 U.S. pork and pork variety meat production. Export value per head averaged $51.37, down 3.9 percent […]

Australia: A Growing Market for U.S. Pork

Monthly Market Highlight The Australian market continues to grow and has recently become one of the leading destinations for U.S. pork. However, U.S. pork access to the Oceania region (Australia and New Zealand) is limited to processed products and raw materials destined for further processing. Despite access limitations, in 2018, U.S. pork and pork variety […]

National Pork Board and RIPE.IO Partner to Enhance  Responsible Pig Farming Practices Through Blockchain

Des Moines, Iowa – March 18, 2019 – The National Pork Board and Ripe Technology, Inc. have entered an agreement to pilot blockchain technology use in the U.S. pork industry. Through this partnership, ripe.io will enable an ecosystem that will allow pork producers to monitor, evaluate and continuously improve their sustainability practices based on the We […]

7 Things I Learned at the Pork Checkoff’s Swine University

by Pat Bane, 2018 America’s Pig Farmer of the Year I recently returned from a weekend in Miami. I know, cry me a river. It was sub-zero in my home state of Illinois while Miami’s Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival was experiencing record-breaking heat. I was there representing America’s […]