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Maura Bennett Colorado Pork Producers Growing More Concerned
by Maura Bennett, click here for bio

Program: Colorado Ag Today
Date: July 05, 2018

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In early 2018 Colorado Pork Producers Council Executive Director Joyce Kelly told Colorado Ag Today she was optimistic about the future of the industry.

Now she says the future is less certain.

Mexico declared a 20 per cent duty on US pork imports - up from zero. While China announced tariff rates on US pork from 12 to 37 per cent. Both in response to tariffs imposed by the US on those nations’ products.

“Pork is on the tip of the spear when there is any kind of retaliation. It’s the number one consumed protein in the world and America provides pork to the world. And so we are very very concerned about it. We are hopeful that soon there will be a resolution. We are taking Secretary Perdue at this words when he says farmers will be taken care of. We certainly hope for a quick end to it. We ask that consideration be given to the pork farmers who have been really patient through this whole thing.”

At the same time she says they are calling on bi-lateral trade pacts to be worked on with other countries that could help farmers in Colorado

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