Farmscape for September 24, 2018
The President of Global AgriTrends says despite the current disruption in the global trade of U.S. pork the long term outlook remains optimistic.
In retaliation for import duties imposed by the Trump administration China has raised its duties on U.S. pork to 62 percent and Mexico has imposed 20 percent duties on U.S. ham.
"Trump, Trade and Global Pork" will be discussed as part of Saskatchewan Pork Industry Symposium 2018 November 14 and 15 in Saskatoon.
Brett Stuart, the President of Global AgriTrends, acknowledges the election of Donald Trump has changed U.S. global trade patterns, at least in the short term.
Clip-Brett Stuart-Global AgriTrends:
You look at we're at with pork exports today, our exports are positive year to date but our domestic prices are low.
The spot cash hog price three weeks ago hit a 15 year low in the U.S.
Our producers in the U.S. are losing money today.
It's easy to just throw stones at the trade agenda and say that's what's costing us money and that is probably costing us a little bit of money but the other piece has been we have big supplies in the U.S.
U.S. pork production grew well over two percent last year.
It's up three to three and a half percent this year.
On a per capita basis the amount of pork produced for every man, woman and child in America, we're approaching 15 year highs.
We've built new barns, we've built new plants so supplies are abundant in the U.S. and that's weighing on the market as well.
I don't know if we'll see any fundamental structural change in U.S. pork production that we can link to the trade agenda.
We're definitely seeing some margin pressure but, again, it's a function of exports as well as the supplies here at home.
Again the exports are positive year to date.
Stuart remains optimistic long term.
He says these political issues are temporary but North American pork remains among the most competitively priced in the world and the world population is growing.
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